Sunday, 25 September 2016

Shoutout - The 30k Channel on Youtube


Hey dudes, I just wanted to link to The 30k Channel on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNpEIy-fvV04r8LFc0tXa6g/videos and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The30kchannel/?fref=ts

It's really weird but if you do a search for them in google looking for their YouTube page it doesn't come up with anything so I thought I would do this in an attempt to improve their SEO a bit and give a shoutout to their operation.

I really like the three battle reports they have put out so far, the style of gaming and banter they have is akin to my group (though a little cleaner language), the production is fantastic, the armies the 6 guys featured bring all look great, the tables look amazing and the games are played pretty well.

I haven't found a series of 30k batreps that didn't make me cringe eventually and tap out but I feel these guys have nailed it. I also like the third guy as a cameraman and narrator a lot when it happens.

The biggest cringe I would have to say when it comes to other 30k battle reports is when one guy has the camera, calls the other guys moves for him and all of the values required on the rolls and shit.. It just crushes me, there's no interaction and unless that guy running the jam is 100% on it, the lack of banter and perspective just makes me die internally when they get something wrong or give bad advice to the other player.

Anyway these cats don't do that, very personable, lots of back and forth and the games all seem to be a genuinely good contest, no one is getting steam rolled on camera.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Showcase: Sons of Horus Spartan Assault Tank

Finished this rig tonight! I went all in again on a bunch of techniques and tried to replicate a few things from Mig Jimenez' books FAQ and FAQ2. Had a bit of a malfunction with the pigment splatter going white when I put the protective clearcoat on the model but fixed that up I think with a bit of extra airbrushing.

Really happy, I'm not sure how the mud splatter will hold up long term with gaming but I sealed it pretty thoroughly so it should be right. 

Sons of Horus Spartan Assault Tank

Sons of Horus Spartan Assault Tank

Sons of Horus Spartan Assault Tank

Sons of Horus Spartan Assault Tank

Sons of Horus Spartan Assault Tank

So at a conservative 2100pts now, next stop terrain! Will get to 2500 after I finish a few terrain pieces I have been working on.

Cheers
Jack

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

SoH - 1800pt Army Progress Shot.

~1800pts of Sons of Horus - Yew!

I did a bit of a consolidation of bits and kits and worked out I have about 6000pts for the Sons of Horus available including a Lucius Warhound. I'm getting through it pretty quickly now but also trying to build some components for a gaming table at the same time which is kinda holding me up a little bit.

I'm currently working on Abaddon with some extra arms to use him as a generic Praetor, 3 more Justaerin and a Spartan so I can run a little 1st Company Deathstar.

After that will come the 3 gun Quad Mortar team, a Legion Rhino with a pintle MM for the Vets and a pair of Javelins with CML's and pintle MM's.

After that again will be the pair of Vindicator Laser Destroyers and at that point I might treat myself and do up the Warhound and enter the titan club.

Some pics of the SoH-ifying of the Spartan:




Thanks as always for checking out my work, I appreciate the compliments and feedback you dudes have been giving me on the army and my hobby stuff.

Jack

Friday, 16 September 2016

Showcase: Sons of Horus Leviathan Dreadnought - Yew!

Stoked.
Sons of Horus Leviathan Dreadnought

Sons of Horus Leviathan Dreadnought
Sons of Horus Leviathan Dreadnought
Sons of Horus Leviathan Dreadnought
Sons of Horus Leviathan Dreadnought
Sons of Horus Leviathan Dreadnought
Sons of Horus Leviathan Dreadnought
Sons of Horus Leviathan Dreadnought
Sons of Horus Leviathan Dreadnought


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Sons of Horus Dreadnought Drop Pod Showcase - Bit of custom work.

Hey dudes,

Not really been so stoked about a dedicated transport before, but this is a huge kit! I did a bit of custom stuff with the chains, skulls and icons, shaved off the aquillas on the doors and added some of my angle-studs to the doors.

The paint job is actually something I am kinda proud of, it's the first time I have really done any airbrushing gradients properly on a vehicle, it's not perfect but I think it turned out ok. I put a heap of the Cthonian gang symbols around the base of the pod at Marine head height, like they are doing it before the pod drops and the big guy goes into battle.

Weathering post paint work was composed of sponge chipping, weathering pigments, pin washes and streaking, airbrushed scorch marks from the turbine on to the top fins and also airbrushed and streaked scorch marks from the bottom of the pod up. I wanted to have a balance of weathering so that it could be placed down with the doors shut or open and look appropriate to each format.

The new FW decals are great, the eye and chain ones are a little too cartoony as was pointed out by John from The Painting Bunker but with a bit of chipping and some filters I think they look pretty decent. 

Sons of Horus Dreadnought Drop Pod
Sons of Horus Dreadnought Drop Pod
Sons of Horus Dreadnought Drop Pod
Sons of Horus Dreadnought Drop Pod
Sons of Horus Dreadnought Drop Pod
Sons of Horus Dreadnought Drop Pod
 

So all of that work was for the Leviathan to step out of.. I should have him done tonight or tomorrow at the latest, here's a preview of the big fella:


In contrast to the pod, I feel like I really nailed the gradients on the torso for that styalised look. I think it was pretty important to get a bit of contrast going as they are huge flat areas on his chest.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Just moved house, new man-cave!

Howdy!

This week has been a big one, my girlfriend and I have moved out of our little apartment and into a bigger 3x2 Townhouse. I hate the actual shift itself but it's worked out brilliantly as we were sharing a study/hobby space before, and it was really cramped. We now have a room each!





I've taken a gamble and gotten one of the potentially exploding Ikea display cases! Fingers crossed. I'm planning to get around to laminating the underside with clear to catch any pieces if it does let go, but whether I do is another thing..


I'm glad I kept the picture of the Astral Claws dread that I got with one of the two Badab Imperial Armour books, I have the Space Marine chapters one from the conflict too but it's freaking massive and I couldn't find a frame big enough to fit it.


Had a bit of a win with a local games vendor and managed to pick up some GW stock for 50% off retail, super score! I got Silver Tower because I actually really want to play that with the girlfriend and the miniatures are gorgeous. I also got the Deathwatch Overkill set for the Stealer cult models. I'm going to leave some as they are but also convert a few to use as an Inquisimunda 2.0 warband in the coming months. Also picked up some Skitarii Ruststalkers for conversion parts at the same time and the novel 'Primarchs' which I haven't read yet. He had heaps of stuff and I was tempted to go all out but I had to hold back a bit for fear of the wrath.


Got a bit of stuff in the 'Closers Cabinet', looking forward to seeing this grow as the SoH increases and I add a bit more nid's stuff in the form of Stealer Cult allies.

Next up is a painted Zone Mortalis, I want to get this done ASAP so expect to see it in the next week or so.

Cheers
Jack

Friday, 2 September 2016

Lord Commander Eidolon - Post 'propainted' Touchups for a friend

Evening guys,

It's not often I get to paint miniatures that aren't mine and as rare as it is, this is different again.. Touchups/rework!

A friend of mine and one of the blokes in my group is getting his Emperors Children army commission painted, he had a pretty massive Iron Hands 40k force but has since made the switch to 30k and sold up with the old stuff. He wanted to get the best job done on his Forge World models which I can totally understand so he went out to get the army commission painted a few bits at a time.

He tried 2 companies, one - Lil Legend Studio to work on his BaC Tactical Marines and another studio from the states to work on Eidolon. Myles work from LL Studio is fucking gorgeous as pretty much anyone can attest and having seen it here in the flesh, it's definitely worth your $$ if you wanted to go that way. The other studio though.. kinda reminds me of the 'Pro painted' you can sometimes see on ebay..

Excuse the phone shots and the fingers, LL Studio Tac Sergeant, 'other' Eidolon

Excuse the phone shots and the fingers, LL Studio Tac Sergeant, 'other' Eidolon

Excuse the phone shots and the fingers, LL Studio Tac Sergeant, 'other' Eidolon

After a few months of buggering around even trying to get the Eidolon model back from the studio, it wasn't what he was expecting. You'd normally be happy enough with some differences in colour and techniques used to achieve a paint job you would want to pay for, but poor old Eidolon wasn't shown a lot of love.

The airbrushing was sloppy with a lot of splatter and some fingerprints visible. The metallics were inconsistently applied, some trims done, others missed, overpainting on to the purple of the armour and no shading to add depth. The armour itself was airbrushed only so there aren't any pin washes or line highlights to add more contrast to the model, a bunch of stuff was just missed painting altogether too like grenades and some sections of trim. Oh and the base! More of a Death Guard green than a Sallies green that he actually wanted, so that needed some work too.

Anyway, next to the 3 tactical squads from LL, it looked pretty sub-par.

I offered to touch it up for him and try to get the metallics looking similar while applying some of the missed techniques to the model and clean up some of the mess, I wasn't going to do a full strip and repaint so it's not as good as I could do from scratch, but it looks a lot better than it did and can at least hang with the LL boys and not look too bad now.

Excuse the phone shots and the fingers, post touch ups, lots more contrast, extra levels on the metallics, cleaner!
Excuse the phone shots and the fingers, post touch ups, lots more contrast, extra levels on the metallics, cleaner!
Excuse the phone shots and the fingers, post touch ups, lots more contrast, extra levels on the metallics, cleaner!
Excuse the phone shots and the fingers, post touch ups, lots more contrast, extra levels on the metallics, cleaner!
Basically I went around and finished off all the missed spots with the appropriate metallics, I applied a nuln wash to everything metallic to give it some separation from the purple and some shading, I then brough the metallics back up 2 levels for some more shine. The purple armour got a few spots cleaned up, pin washed with nuln oil and then line highlighted with a light purple mix. The white I tried to clean up a bit but it was mostly left alone as I would have needed to break the model down to start again, I did repaint the hair though with grey-white wet blending. The black trims were repainted and line highlights of grey. The base was re-done with a brighter green on the hull, sponge chipped, streaked with grime, grey weathering pigments applied then flat cleared.

And post rework:

Anyway, might not look like much but a fair bit went into it, it's worth taking your time to pick the right guy I guess if you want to put your hard earned into commission painting for your force!