Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Blogs to Follow and We Start'em Young

As I'm in the process of moving, I have no really new stuff to show, as everything is boxed up.  In the past people like Sons of Tauraus have nice enough to plug my blog, so thought I would plug a few that I discovered.  So with that in mind some of the newer blogs that I'm following:

Mr. Bugman:  This is Navarro's blog, an old grizzled forum vet.  Does some of the best Nid and bug like conversions and scratch sculpts I've seen, and lot of other cool stuff.  He's also sculpting things for a number of people and miniature companies.

Legion of Plastic:  This is another of the grizzled forum vets, from DakkaDakka fame, Migsula.  One of the best converters on that forum, does a lot of detail crazy conversions in 40k.  He is also in the process of moving, but a lot further than me.

Scar's Miniature Blog:  This is Dark Ritual from Warseer Forums.  A very good converter and painter of things Fantasy.  In his blog right now he is doing up a bunch of good Ogres.

Small-scale Ramblings: This is the Hoff from Warseer Forums.  Another of the very good historical and fantasy modelers and painters from down under.  His blog is just underway, and his most impressive work is buried in his posts on Warseer, but great work all the same.

The Magnificent Bastards:  This is an odd group of gamers, most of them are hard to put up with in person.  But don't let the name of the blog fool you or offend you, they are good gamers and do offer so many tips for all of you fantasy people out there.

And yes below is my 9-year old neice, in her go-kart.  Raising another speed demon.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Another batch of Space Wolf Scout Conversions

This is the second batch.  Again I'm using chaos marauder legs with the space marine torsos.
As with the previous batch I went with a bunch of gear on them.  There is also a variety of heads used in this batch.  Throw in a Catachan arm and some marauder arms.
Makes for some buff scouts. 
Here catch my grenade.  Both of these heads are from the Empire sprues.
Thats it for now on the Chaos Marauder / Space Wolf scout conversions.

I will also probably be going black towards the end of the week, as I am moving once again and changing internet service providers with the move.  As well I will be living between two places until I get a bit of work done in the new place.  Not sure how long all of this is going to take, but I will be back and updating a little bit here 'n' there probably for the next 2-3 weeks until I get settled packing and then unpacking.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Space Wolf Scout Conversions....Using Chaos Marauder Parts

First five of these conversions.  When you have lot of left over bitz as I do from the chaos marauders you'll find that they can make some interesting things.
I have yet to work with the plastic space marine scout kit, when I was playing 40k all we had were the metal scouts.  Anyways, I don't think scouts look rugged enough, or carry enough equipment.  So I wanted to kit these guys out a bit with lots of gear.
The above model uses chaos marauder legs and muscled arms.  The rope is from the plastic mordheim kit.
For these to I converted the one head and the head on the left is a chaos marauder head.  Both shoulder pads the one on the right are from the chaos marauder kit.   
Got to have a trusty shotgun.   Shield is from the beastmen ungors, and the bag from the kroot.
This one uses an Empire head from the mordheim sprue, one shoulder pad from the chaos marauders and the small one from the kroot.
This one sort of has the Wolverine sideburns going on.  The axe is all maruader.  And yep a crossbow strapped to his back for that quiet mission where the bolt pistol is way too loud.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Mutant Marauder...An OOP Marauder...A Reaper Marauder

Next up for my Chaos Marauders is converted mutant.  The new gor torsos really have alot more detail to them.  I do like the gore that they have.  It helps impress the evilness of chaos.
 This mini has a bunch of parts used to make it.  Definitely will fit in with the others.
The next miniature is a old OOP GW metal marauder that I converted to a great weapon armed marauder.  I still like these old chaps.  This one will be one of my middle rank and file models.
And there is this old boy, another of the Tre Manor Reaper Miniature sculpts.  Not his best work, but a cool miniature in my book.  I'll probably put it in the middle ranks.
Getting closer to assembling the jigsaw puzzle of units, meshing old work with all of this new work.  I will also be doing a long awaited tutorial on how I build movement trays very soon for all of the Fantasy and Historical readers.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Next Mutant Marauder....A Lion Conversion??

This is not one of my favorites, but I made this model to antigonize a certain individual in Wisconsin, who always seems to think I steal his ideas.  So I literally stole this idea to further aggravate him.
If by chance you are wondering who this individual may be, there is a link to a blog to the right called the Magnificant B's, and this particular individual is on that blog, and has his own very awesome looking Beastmen Army.  Beware if you go there, they may very well offend you.  At the very least, you will be able to see what I have to put up with on a semi-regular basis in the Fantasy Tournament scene in the Midwest.
But anyways, for those interested, this is obviously a beastmen gor, with a Lion's head from the High Elf Lion chariot kit, and feet from an old skaven.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Old Stuff Wednesday - September...Grot V. Crimson Fist

I’ve forgotten how long ago I did this sort of diorama piece, but I do remember I had this idea and used it as entry in GW’s Gamesday Golden Demons – Duel Category. Now this was several years ago, and my paint skills were not as good as they are now, but it is still one of my favorites. I thought it was a comical piece, something a typical Grot would do, taking shots at a downed enemy combatant, and maybe not doing do well with his accuracy. They are after all a BS 2 right?

The Crimson Fist, was at the time the first one that I painted, but the blue paint scheme was right up my alley, since it was essentially the same paint scheme that I used with my Cerulean ( or Blue) Templars. I wanted to have a spacemarine that was all battered and pinned beneath some rubble, struggling to fight off this little twerp.

The grot, is one of the old metal ones. These models always have a lot of personality. I remember I was very happy with the way the greens turned out.
The basing was a combination of cork and sand. If there is one thing I look back on and I am not happy with, it’s the basing and rubble.
One of these days I plan to revisit this idea, but I want to make it more dynamic and attractive, with even more detail.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Khorne's Latest Devotees....New additions to the Marauders

Not exactly sure why I chose this weapon, but I did.  Pose-wise I like the miniature, the armored shoulder probably needed a bit of work in hindsight, but that's probably more time than a miniature worth so few points really deserves..
I do like this gor torso, it is mean.  And this head is killer to me.
 If his mouth was open screaming, the model might even be better.
Note on the back side the tabard, with the Khorne symbol in my blue flame colors.  I've elected not to go the standard Games Workshop Circus Candy Chaos look.  No mismatched units with primary colors.  All my models for this army will be in the color scheme, whether Tzeentch, Slaanesh, Khorne, or Nurgle.   If the sacred numbers of Chaos are meaningless, as are the themed mono-god armies or the hatreds amongst the chaos gods to GW's very own fluff, then so too are their color schemes.

And this one, also part of the Khorne unit really did not turn out great, modeling wise, but it will work out as a rank and filer.
As always many more to follow.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Bring on more of the Mutant Marauders - finished pics

No go-karting tonight as the asphalt season has ended.  So back to miniatures.  Below are more of the mutated marauders.  Churning out a few more just as I begin to pack to move to a different living space.
This one is a bit odd, using bloodletter legs and a marauder torso.
 Makes for a strange looking miniature.  I did shave off all of the little bumps on the legs.
The next one is a kit bash.  Although, the gor body was again a left over from beastmen army back in 2003.  Back then I was doing a lot of the overlapping armor plates as shown on the leg.  This one will go in the great weapons unit.
I like this dude.  It uses the marauder cav head coupled with a new beastmen gor torso.  I see I forgot to give him eye brows.  Ooops.
I think the shield turned out kind of cool looking.
Another great weapon rank and filer.  I will bury this little guy in the midst of bigger guys.
Last one of my old metal oop beastmen.  I do like this dude.
That's it for now, but as always more to follow.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Another Marauder...Old Beast Lord

The nice thing about barbarians and mutants are you get to use a variety of miniatures.  This is the second time I've used this miniature.  Once with my beastmen, and now with my marauders.  I did a very small conversion on the hood over the face.
This miniature will be included in my great weapon marauder unit.  I do like this old beastlord.
Another small conversion was extending the handle of the axe.  The decapitated head is also very fitting.

Friday, September 2, 2011

More Marauders...Tre Manor types...

The last batch of the Red Box Games Helsvakt for now.  These like the other Tre Manor sculpts, practically paint themselves. 
I've enjoyed just painting every one of the models, did not even bother converting them.  Very unusual for me.
The blue effect on the shield turned out pretty cool looking.  This one I did flames on the tabard. 
One of the few with a different weapon.  Not really into the style of the hammer.  I did drop it and knocked the hammer up a bit, need to fix the chipped paint on the handle.

This shield is pretty cool.  The skulls and bones off the fur and belt are so cool looking.
And I do like the head on this one.
A bit better on the shield on this one.  I need to remember to reverse the Hot Rod flames on the blue tabards sometime.