You’re Overdue, Punks!

I finally finished this Dark Angels librarian, whom I started months ago. I’m pleased with how he turned out.

GW clearly wants me to scale up to bigger games with more – and more expensive – models, but I’ve been having too much fun playing Kill Team at 100 points to pay them much mind. I’ve got the models, but not so much the inclination. We’ll see what happens now that I’ve got a commander (though he’s not a primaris… I wanted to field a converted model) and Elites is coming our way.

This fellow was converted from the chassis of the normal (tactical) librarian with some major alterations including two Tempestus Scions arms, a xenophase blade from the Deathwatch sprue, and a Grey Knights head.

You can also see some new pieces in the background. I airbrushed a large batch of stuff last weekend. I’ll have plenty of terrain projects ready to finish for a while!

Plasma in Ya Grill

I’ve finished my combi-plasma sergeant. The truth is most of the kill teams I’ll actually face on a regular basis (Harlequins, T’au, Drukhari) don’t really demand plasma weapons, but I’m ready for those stinking Death Guard if they ever show.

As I have done for most of my Eremoi, I’ve hidden a surprise on his base.

Slaaneshi CSM can’t stand before the wrath of the Dark Angels!

The blood glooping out of the back of the head was sculpted with Greenstuff and painted up with Tamiya Clear Red.

Plasma for Days!

In the never-ending quest for more strength and AP on my Eremoi marines, I’m working on a tactical sergeant toting a combi-plasma.

He’ll probably slot in as a sniper, taking advantage of the bolter shots when double tapping both at rapid fire range. I need to finish him up and add an intercessor sergeant with a chainsword (which I’ve built as part of a combined Dark Angels/Deathwatch group of intercessors) and I’ll be able to field two plasma, a missile launcher, heavy bolter, and auxiliary grenade launcher (so good) in addition to the chainsword sarge. Sounds pretty nasty against MEQs!

A Handsome Boy

It’s not the best paint job, but I like him and he’ll be on the table tomorrow.

The neck is a bit long (really it’s just exaggerating how ludicrously short marine torsos are), but he looks cool, I think. I liked the face on this one. He looks a little melancholy, like he’s tired of blowing the bejeezus out of everything all the time.

Snap out of it, soldier! Bejeezus at twelve o’clock! Blow it up!

Smithereens, I Tell You!

Here’s comes a big nasty missile launcher for all my friends- er, enemies.

This is a converted sniper scout packing some major thump. Sometimes the mark of a successful conversion lies in the fact that it doesn’t look converted.

Boost Your Bases!

When I decided to start a team of Dark Angels about half a year ago I was hoping for cool, realistic poses with my conversions and a very gritty, kick-ass look. I started with a plasma gunner and…

…well, I couldn’t resist the joke. I wanted the figures to look very grimdark at first glance, but I’m not really that grimdark of a guy. So I gave a zombie head some plasma-glowing eyes and glued it on there.

This gave me the idea of doing bases on the figures representing the various foes the team had defeated. I have a somewhat developed backstory for the Eremoi (Hermits), which I may share at some point when I need a break from fantasy town.

These are gaming figures, so the tiny dioramas had to be both tight enough to fit on a normal tactical marine base and sturdy enough to withstand (minimal!) abuse.

Some are very simple. A cool hand holding a bloodthirster head led to the inclusion of the bronze Khorne symbol lying in the dirt. A skull, a bit of wire, and a little plastic cutting adds some more 40k atmosphere.

Sometimes I like to break off the base a touch, using the black rim as a cheeky little zone for scenery. The plague zombie’s arm does protrude a bit, but the stout metal I-beam gives it a pretty safe nook to hide in.

Sometimes it’s as easy as painting something funny onto an unaltered base. It’s hard to read in a static shot (it’s easier if you can turn it in your hand), but the barrel says ‘KRILL.’ I thought it would be appropriate if the suffering millions of the 41st Millenium ate… tiny little gross shrimp and stuff.

This guy’s a real go-getter, so he’s bounding over a half-buried jug of Guilliman’s X-Treme Ultra-Ade. I think Ultramarines are pretty stupid, and I think the ridiculous names of sports/energy drinks are pretty stupid, too. Seemed like a good fit.

Sometimes the base & the figure are one! This was a really fun challenge. I had to fit a whole prone tactical marine onto his base. The key was to use plenty of nubbins to cover up the parts that would shatter the illusion.

This is definitely one of my favorites. Again, the challenge was getting the right arrangement of goblin parts beneath the foot that’s squashing him as he crawls out from some hole in the ground.

My brother-in-law Will, whom you’ve met in numerous battle reports, started his Kill Team collection with T’au. Well, he had to be trolled, didn’t he?!

This one uses the rim, features a nice bit of chopchop to create the casualty pose, and sneaks quite a bit of scenic ‘information’ onto the base.

But why stop there? A little Greenstuff easily gives a lolling tongue on a dead T’au. It doesn’t really matter if the head looks almost like a hood ornament for the model, it looks cool and the goal is storytelling, not verisimilitude.

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Thanks for taking a look at these fun little mini-scenes that live on the bases of my Eremoi. I have a lot of fun solving the puzzle of building a complex, ‘readable’ scene on such a tiny surface, and I’ll bet you will too!