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All Scars painting challenge – The Survivor Series 2017 – August

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , , on August 11, 2017 by vobeskhan

So the Survivor Series reaches yet another Showcase month and following the release of 8th edition and its accompanying FW Chaos Index I decided to paint my Helforged Contemptor (modified from a Betrayal at Calth model).

I’ve only used him in a couple of games (mostly in 7th, 1 in 8th) and he usually gets blown to hell.

Originally he was magnetised so he could be removed from his base but once I finished the painting I decided to glue him in place. The pieces on his base are Blood Angel parts donated by fellow All Scar Ricky, and are in “honour” of my annual Christmas throw down with Blood Angel player Patrick.

Hope you like him, I’m quite happy with him, particularly the gloss Nuln Oil wash (first time using that version) making the black armour plates pop a little better.

 

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All Scars painting challenge – The Survivor Series 2017 – July

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2017 by vobeskhan

So this month’s pledge was one of my older miniatures that has sat languishing on the shelf for many a year – Fabius Bile.

It was primered in white but needed a little cleaning up after its long wait. Despite a quick start of the month getting much of the base colours done I then found that I had no mojo to complete the model until this morning.

I wanted his flesh coat to be made up of varying shades to signify the pieces coming from differing sources so used a combination of rakarth flesh, cadian fleshtone, and pallid wychflesh before a wash of reikland flesh.

I’m still not a fan of painting faces (theres a reason we have helmets on the models) but I’m happy with how he’s ended up.

Now just interested to see how he fares in a game, especially after the news that the actual 8th edition codex is only a couple of weeks away!

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All Scars painting challenge – The Survivor Series 2017 – June

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , on June 13, 2017 by vobeskhan

So this month I knew I was going to be busy with various projects so didn’t want to over-pledge. In this case I decided to show a little love to one of my “old school” predators which have sat languishing in their primered black state since I got them.

Now, I didn’t build them, they were acquired pre-built and primed, so I really haven’t done anything to them for over 5 years. They not only use the old style rhino chassis but also the predator add-on parts are the old metal type making the model quite weighty too.

Using the same colour scheme as on my vindicator and rhino the predator fits in with the rest of the army, though having used an all-over nuln oil wash I’m considering applying the same to the other vehicles now too.

Anyway, here’s the predator.

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All Scars painting challenge – The Survivor Series 2017 – May

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2017 by vobeskhan

Well May is our second Showcase month of the year so I wanted to do a character model for my SAMCRO Black Legion.

I recently built a Sorcerer with jump pack to accompany my Raptor Talon in a game (though technically it’s possessed winged backpack rather than a jump pack). Using a combination of Raptor and Calth marine parts, along with a Chaos Knight lance for the force staff he quickly came together and performed quite well in his game against the dreaded Dark Angels.

In honour of this performance I decided to decorate his base with the helmet of one of his fallen foes (or should that be Fallen allies?) along with a piece of terrain to go with the ruined piece he appears to be leaping off from.

I made a quick start, getting the model primed in black as usual, then getting the astrogranite and base ready. Then unfortunately I seemed to lose impetus and left the model lounging on the table for most of the month.

Until today that is, I felt the desire to paint and set myself up to do so while watching the Monaco Grand Prix. I expected to get a good way through the painting but surprised myself by getting it totally finished (a decal will be applied once its all dry and I get the opportunity).

The photos are terrible as I used my phone camera (hopefully will get some better ones done using my daughters camera when she gets back off holiday).

So here he is, my Talon Sorcerer of Tzeentch with combi-melta and force staff.

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All Scars painting challenge – The Survivor Series 2017 – April

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , on April 16, 2017 by vobeskhan

April, the time of Spring, so obviously the time of horrid wet weather – though thankfully its not been too bad so far and the few days we’ve had of glorious sunshine have even ecouraged me to get this months pledge done (I hate painting under artificial light).

So this months pledge was just a single model but one I really quite like – from the Dark Vengeance boxed set chosen squad, officially known as Draznicht of the Crimson Slaughter. I use him as a Dark Apostle in my Black Legion as I really like his pose and the power maul and am not a massive fan of the “official” model.

As always I started with a black primer, but as with a few of my recent models decided to take a leaf out of GW Duncan’s book (after re-watching how he did his Black Legion power armour) and drybrushed Leadbelcher over all but the cape. The cape got several thin coats of Calador Sky, with a Ceramite White on the trim before finally getting Bad Moon Yellow over that. Details on the backpack were picked out in Screaming Bell, the face and helmet horns had a basecoat of Rakarth Flesh, and then I picked the armour out with Abaddon Black. The head of the power maul I saw as more a badge of office than just a weapon so gave it a coat of Retributor Armour, as well as using it to pick out a couple of details on the body.

The base was simply Astrogranite as per my standard trooper bases.

The head and horns were given an Agrax Earthshade wash, then the head had a light drybrush of Cadian Fleshtone over that. The rest of the model had a Nuln Oil wash, the base rim tidied with Abaddon Black and job done.

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Some of us are about to start a Path to Glory “Call of Chaos” mini-campaign (16 players – where were all of these Chaos players previously?)  so next month I might need to paint a unit up for use in my warband for that.

All Scars painting challenge – The Survivor Series 2017 – March

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2017 by vobeskhan

So this month for the Survivor Series, rather than go with something I would be needing for the annual All Scars Tournament I went with something just because I liked the models – that and the fact that I’m not taking part in the tournament this year (won’t go into it here, maybe in a later post).

So I had recently acquired some Cataphractii terminators from fellow club members Jon and Alastair and had built them up as members of my Black Legion force (hey these guys have been around since the Heresy and deserve the armour more than the loyalist Spesh Maureen’s do).

Having built enough for two squads, and used them in a couple of my Damnation battles I wanted to get a unit painted.

I kept the scheme pretty much to my normal – Black with silver trim, with one silver pad – but wanted to paint the cloth strips and one pad to represent their mark allegience. In this instance blue for Tzeentch. I had every intention of putting the ourobos decal on the blue pad and my custom made (thank you so much Mark) warband decal on the silver as normal, unfortunately both were just that little too wide to fit without looking odd.

I also did the bases in a style to match my bikes, mainly because their that much bigger than the normal 25mm infantry ones and looked a bit bare.

One note, I was over halfway through when I realised that I had done 6 men instead of 5. I will most likely repaint one with green accents for the Nurgle squad when I paint them up (maybe next month, haven’t decided yet).

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Jon has also given me a box of sprues full of spares from his other Calth sets, which I’m combining with various chaos spares for more heretical goodness.

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So that’s another month done, and even finished early. I really enjoyed painting the Cataphractii, just wish Chaos got the proper rules for them same as Loyalists do.

SAMCRO Black Legion year in review

Posted in 40k with tags , , , , , , , on December 31, 2016 by vobeskhan

SAMCRO-legionAs 2016 draws to a close it’s time for the annual reflection on how my SAMCRO warband have grown and the progress they have made.

Games wise its been a slower year, only managing 20 actual games, with 7 victories, 1 draw and 12 losses. If I had to pick one that stands out it would be the opening battle of the Damnation Campaign against the Tau – they were totally unprepared for the speartip assault we unleashed against them.

Painting wise, the Survivor Series Painting Challenge was another success this year, I managed to complete all 12 of my pledges, resulting in fielding a fully painted tournament force for the majority of our annual tournament (didn’t make the results any better, finishing dead last), as well as finally completing some of my long-planned conversions and getting them painted up.

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Not a bad result for the year, bringing the tally of models for the legion as follows (I have included the cultists and their associated Guard vehicles which will eventually become an allied force of Renegade Guard, which aren’t included in last years figures in brackets):

  • Assembly Needed – 1 (5)
  • Unpainted – 174 (125)
  • Need Stripping – 3 (5)
  • Base sprayed – 145 (96)
  • Painted – 119 (74)
  • Total models – 442 (305)

The Black Legion itself has had a few improvements this year too, with a new soft cover supplement book containing new formations and tactical objectives, the Tratitors Hate book with more formations, vehicle squadron rules and alternative detachment and objectives, and then the biggest release, the Traitor Legions softback, which pretty much combined the other two into a handy single volume but now with added bonus rules including the Speartip Detachment (which I put to good use in my final game of the year against the Blood Angels).

With the Gathering Storm:Fall of Cadia coming in January 2017, you can be sure there will be a Chaos counterpart hot on its heels – hopefully 2017 will see Chaos back in its rightful place as the galaxy’s biggest threat instead of its laughing boys, though to do so we still need to get that long overdue updated codex – the new formations, detachments and Legion updates are a step in the right direction but the underlying issues of the outdated codex remain.

What are my plans for SAMCRO in 2017? Well, I want to continue getting the outstanding units painted up, I’m also planning on upgrading some of my old school (ie small metal) terminators using some of the Betrayal at Calth Cataphractii plastics. Wether that results in better gaming results remains to be seen, but if Abaddon’s boys could wait ten millenia I too can have patience.