Do You Copy?

I’m working up an intercessor comms specialist with an auspex & an auxiliary grenade launcher. He should be a real clutch performer on the tabletop, and I expect to use him pretty much every game.

I’m thinking I may do little insignia on the knees (or elsewhere) indicating the various specializations on my command roster. Two combat or heavy specialists, though different in game mechanics, would share certain distinguishing marks.

Crazy ‘Bout Corrosion!

You’d imagine it would be hard to get excited about simple molded plastic walls. Totally wrong.

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Here’s a side-by-side shot of the RYZA ruins before and after applying Nihilakh Oxide.  Worth the trouble, I think.

Big terrain pieces give you a good opportunity to try out different ways of using stuff, figure out what works best, and not worry too much if it doesn’t all look absolutely perfect.  I certainly got better at using the patina technical paint working with it for an hour.

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Finished!  Can’t wait to get a game in with these on the table.

Hope you’re getting your game on this weekend, too!

How to Make Yourself Crazy II

Finished these today. Might add a touch of patina to the bronze, but otherwise I am happy to be done. Process was swift enough that I didn’t get bored with the project and I’m stoked by the results I got in two days (after the basecoat with the airbrush).

Every rivet & nut got highlighted, then the silver metals got pinwashed with a rusty brown.

Very slight retouch of the red base color on the outer edges of the rims, plus an orange highlight.

The crazy maker… but it does start looking cool!

Every decent sized bit of dark rust on the grey walls got a red-brown center, and every bit of surrounding paint got a highlight with the pale grey base color. It takes a while.

How to Make Yourself Crazy…

Today I felt motivated to crank out some serious terrain. These are the RYZA pattern walls from GW. They were affordable, relatively speaking, and I like them. They do present difficulties integrating into other terrain, I found, but that’s probably subjective.

I may incorporate this into a permanent integral board, and I wanted it to look great. It took a while, but I’m pretty much down to details and more precise weathering.

Onto the airbrush-shaded basecoat I put a ring of red onto the walls and chipped it all over. Actually, I did the red over the chipping. I chose to pursue a certain look rather than cleave strictly to realism.

TOP TIP: Chipping was achieved in the small spaces with a sponge held in a forceps. An old fishing tool which serves a lot of useful purposes!

An odd metallic color I mixed up. Gunmetal, black paint, olive paint, black ink, green ink!

This took hours. Every silver metallic surface got covered. I think I did finally discover them all! There are a few hiding in the picture above.

Then everything got a teal black wash.

Finally, I painted all the bronze metals. I mixed another wash of black & brown inks & worked that over the metals, letting it slop onto the grey painted areas but not specifically targeting them

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I’m happy with the use of my time. It wasn’t exactly fun, but I got through it and the walls look cool.

I’ll detail the little nubbins, maybe throw a few highlights on, and I’ll be happy.

But what should I do with them?

Hive City Ruins

I wanted to make a little board for taking photographs and testing terrain ideas.

This is going to be a ruined urban environment with large cheap plastered buildings.

I’ll add some more levels to give the forces of the Imperium more opportunities to look cool.

This will be a playable piece, although it has a definite orientation. It would serve well as a defensible position added off the side of a larger, more open map. Should be fun for narrative games!

[Foams at the Mouth]

Get ready for a slobberknocker!

I wanted this marine to look pretty much like the classic high school terrorist from every such movie ever.

All Conference linebacker, already has a scholarship to State next year. Dumb as a brick, while you’re on the waitlist with a 4.6 GPA!

He’s got that robust brutality of the heartland.

Always charging forward. Never thinking about the consequences.

Destined to peak too soon.

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Here’s how I did it.

I painted him up using far more ruddy skintones than I have anywhere else in this group. Most look almost zombified, but this fellow could make the Ultramarines swimsuit calendar.

Bit of ink, very thin. It needs a good while to fully dry between layers.

Blue on the jawline and the shaved portion of the head.

Red on the scars, cheeks, and nose.

Yellow on the forehead.

And some red hair because it looks cool.

Happy hobbying.

Anybody Got a Knife?

I had never painted a power weapon before today.

It’s technically a zenophase blade from the Deathwatch, but it’s blue, so now it’s a regular old power…

…well, I deliberately modeled it about halfway between an axe and a sword, which are two weapon options in Heralds of Ruin.

The arm is a great one from the Tempestus Scions box, topped off with the zenophase blade.