Monday, October 20, 2014

Iron Hands progress update - 3, painting bases

This is just a quick update to prove I'm still making progress.

I've had some Dragonforge bases that I've been sitting on for a while so I decided to get them set up for the new Iron Hands. After blue-tacking them to an old box and some airbrushing followed by a little hand painting they're ready to go. I used GW Steel Legion Drab for the base color with a careful wash if GW Agrax Earthshade in the recesses. I finished with a light drybrush of GW Underhive Ash followed by GW Terminatus Stone. I'm pretty pleased with the results and, when I receive my next order of bases from Dragnforge the paint scheme will be easy to duplicate.

Just a note on the citadel dry paints, I scoffed at them after their initial release but now that I've used them a few times I think they're a solid addition to the Citadel range. My only gripe is that some of the lighter colors would be useful as layer paints as well, though it's just as easy to find some equivalents from other paint ranges.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Poison Tree

(TL;DR? Scroll down and check out the awesome pics.)

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

-William Blake

Dark. Mother. Fucking. Eldar.

When the book first came out I was pissed. No, I was furious. I was Rudy Ray Moore hatin' on angel dust furious. I was Keith David when Rowdy Roddy Piper tries to make him wear the glasses furious. I was this guy furious:
I may have overreacted.

To be clear. I loved wyches. I loved Vect, and I was really looking to some cool new wargear and shenanigans. When I first read through the Dark Eldar codex and realized that Vect -- the Avenging Disco Godfather of Cammorragh -- and his lovely wych ho's were all screwed or gone I could not believe it. That on top of a pile of mostly shitty wargear, half of which does nothing to models that have And They Shall Know No Fear, was more than I could take.

But I took a few breaths, went through the five stages of grief, drank myself into a stupor, and then started making lists. 

This is the one I decided to play my first games with.

    • Archon (blaster, Helm of Spite, haywire grenades, shadow field, webway portal)
    • (9x) Trueborn (four blasters, two splinter cannons, three splinter rifles)
      • Raider (nightshields, dark lance, grisly trophies)
    • (5x) Trueborn (four blasters, 1 splinter cannon)
      • Venom (extra splinter cannon)
    • (5x) Trueborn (four blasters, 1 splinter cannon)
      • Venom (extra splinter cannon)
    • (5x) Warriors (four splinter rifles, blaster)
      • Venom (extra splinter cannon)
    • (5x) Warriors (four splinter rifles, blaster)
      • Venom (extra splinter cannon)
    • (5x) Warriors (four splinter rifles, blaster)
      • Venom (extra splinter cannon)
    • (5x) Warriors (four splinter rifles, blaster)
      • Venom (extra splinter cannon)
    • (6x) Reaver Jetbikes (two heat lances, two cluster caltrops, arena champion w/agonizer)
    • (5x) Scourges (four haywire blasters, splinter carbine)
    • (5x) Scourges (four haywire blasters, splinter carbine)
    • (5x) Scourges (four haywire blasters, splinter carbine)
I played against Ed, who was piloting Vin's (of Attic Wars fame) Blood Angels. Ed's been out of the 40k game for a little while, but as a Dark Elder player himself, wanted to see how they performed. They did well.

In a nutshell: deepstriking trueborn are awesome, reavers are awesomer, scourges are awesomest. It was a bit of a landslide, but we both wanted to see what the dark kin were capable of, so Ed took it like a champ, and we still managed to have a fun game. 

I'm not sure exactly what Ed's list consisted of, but one of us will add it when we get a chance.

I played a second game against Jason's Eldar that was very similar, but we didn't take any pictures. He was running two wraithknights, a couple wave serpents, at least one fire prism, some wraithguard... and the Dark Eldar managed to take their lunch money too. A big part of that one was Jason's lack of familiarity to the new book. Also Scourges. Scourges with haywire blasters give exactly zero shits about the serpent shield's ability to block penetrating hits. They killed one wave serpent and did some hull points on turn 1 (for first blood). Things continued along those lines for the rest of the game. I'll try to get his list up here as well. 

Also, thanks to Mark for taking the photos. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Iron Hands progress update - 2

I've been working on the vehicles for the boys from Medusa for some time now and I was hoping to finish them completely before creating this post. However, since it seems like I won't be done with them for at least a few more weeks I decided to post a progress update for now. I've added some weathering since these pics were taken and I need to add quite a but more. I'll also need to add some metallic details here and there and finish with somesource lighting on the headlights but they're real close to being done.

This first set shows the primed vehicles with just a little highlighting and the weapons and unit markings airbrushed in Celestra Grey.

And here are a few close ups of the first stages of weathering and decals.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Iron Hands progress update - 1

I started an iron hands army a while back and played some games with them which have been an absolute joy, but the painting fell off my radar for about a year. I had a strong start last year, but this fall and winter I aim to get things done in a big way for these guys.

Here are a few updates of what's been on the table lately.

The Contempter dreadnought is pretty darn close to being done. I still need to paint his purity seals and do the shading and highlighting on one fist, then finish with a lot of weathering.

I've got a few more marines in the works as well. I'm painting these guys about 4 or 5 at a time to help keep things moving along.

There will be some more updates coming soon, as the mechanized portion of the force is nearly done now.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Flesh and the power it holds....

   Greetings, If you have been reading the blog here and there you have most likely realized im a new contributor. To share a little about my gaming background, I am primarily a 40k player that dabbles in Fantasy, Infinity, and role playing games. I started regularly playing 40k in the beginning of fifth edition and have been gaming, modeling, and painting ever since. I play Astra Militarum with various imperial allies and Warriors of Chaos for Fantasy.

   Im a little burnt out of 40k after attending the Nova Open so I've decided to turn my attention to my recently purchased WoC. Let just start off by saying that besides some of the really dated models i absolutely love the entire range less the slaughter brute/Vortex Beast. Daaaat arm.... Its like its raising its hand in class or something. Lucky for me their are tons of awesome third party monsters out there.
Death-The Sound of Perseverance(1998)
    My design philosophy for this army is quite unique. While sitting at my hobby desk i started to enter the realm of chaos known as youtube, Eventually i found my self listening to the band Death and their album The Sound of Perseverance. This album is just down right evil and i wanted to make my army loosely based on the colors in the album art and ooze of the macabre themes in this album. Give it a listen if your painting one night, the vocals are an acquired taste but i love them.
   I began by priming white to keep the reds bright. I then airbrushed the two shades of red on the warriors.
I saw red...

Khorne red has been applied

Top spray of Mephiston
 After that i began painting a test Warrior and you can see below how he came out. I am very happy with this scheme but i think i will do the boots darker on the rest of the models. I can always go back and dry brush some gray highlights on their black capes at a later time. Right now i am focused on getting the whole unit to the guy below level. With the next End Times book rumored to be Chaos oriented im trying to get these guys done so at least i can field one painted unit in my army when the book drops. Im going to move onto the Chaos Hounds i have next. They seems really easy to paint and i will write up a simple walk through on how i do those. As you've noticed by now im no award winning painter but i do try to get my models to a decent tabletop standard. My main colors right off the album art for my army will be, khorne red, mephiston red, abaddon black, and ceremite white. Im looking forwards to seeing how the army turns out!