23 Nov 2017

Reaver Titan - WIP #18 - 'Compare the Reaver dot com'

Hi All.

Not much progress this week due to reasons IRL, so I was keen to compare the Reaver Titan to other 40k models I have recently painted and some are a nice size comparison... here are my results! Enjoy some hobby pictures.

Reaver Vs Magnus the Red
 Reaver TitanVs Roboute Guilliman
 Reaver Titan Vs Imperial Knight
 Reaver Titan Vs Yarrick and a Space Marine
 Reaver Titan Volcano Cannon vs Marine
 Knee Pad Vs Marine
As you can see the Reaver kit is sizable, and has taken a load of time and planning to get to this stage. I'm definitely thinking a Warlord in 2018 could be a fun project... Maybe.

Hope you enjoyed this size comparison album, Cheers, Lord Halfpenny.

20 Nov 2017

Assassin Execution Force Complete - Vindicare Assassin

Welcome Readers, thanks for dropping in. Following on from the Callidus Assassin, the Eversor Assassin and the Culexus Assassin I bought ages ago, here is the final Assassin of the Execution Force - well, this one isn't, this is an old metal Vindicare I painted myself recently.

I never got a copy of the Assassin Execution Force game on release however, plenty of assassin models appeared on eBay shortly after and now they get their own blister packs. I didn't want to fund the money grabbing greedy re-sellers at the time, so I bought a pre-painted decent set from an artist/hobbyist instead. But, I preferred the older Vindicare to the newer one sulking behind a ruin, my Vindicare can hide in plain sight!

I re-based him using a 32mm adapter, I did a monochrome scheme all over, and then furnished with a few bits of colour to bring the scheme to life, a too realistic monochrome scheme wouldn't really pop.
And here is the Execution Force in all it's full deadly glory. I think they look great. Thanks for dropping in and having a look-see. Cheers, Siph.

16 Nov 2017

Reaver Titan - WIP #17 - Slow and Steady

 Hi Everyone,

Thanks for popping by, another week, another Reaver post.

I'm slowly making progress with the edging the armour plates, there is a load of armoured trim to be completed. I'm really liking the look of the white/black with the gold trim.
I've also started putting the leg armour plates together to check the fit- the feet will be glued into position once the pistons are in place first.
 The cod piece coming along nicely.
The lower leg plates have only had one coat of gold, still another to go before washes and a highlight. The armour is tacked into place here - which is why it looks a little 'elephant' like.
 Standing Reaver without arms.
 And weapons loaded! Really happy so far with the build.

Thanks for looking! Cheers, Lord Halfpenny.

13 Nov 2017

After Dreadtober - Size Comparison Deredeo Dreadnought

Hello Readers, thanks for dropping by, only a quick one today, I'm busy painting a few things but HBS (Hobby Butterfly Syndrome) means nothing is finished, so here is a size comparison between the family of Dreadnoughts I have, no Redemptor yet, but my recent Dreadtober Deredeo and last years Dreadtober Contemptor along with the big daddy Leviathan and a 'standard' Venerable Dreadnought.
With the Deredeo finished it seemed a beast, so size-wise next to the standard sized Dreadnought frame he is quite large...
His pedigre is certainly from the Contemptor design, sharing a lot of design cues, but with the extended torso boat-hull and larger stabilizing feet....
And then, skinny in comparison to the bulky Leviathan, the hulking brute of my favourite design - I will definitely get another but armed with CCW and maybe Melta Lance - and if FW do the Dreadnought Drop Pod still, a transport for him.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures, cheers, Siph.

10 Nov 2017

Reaver Titan - WIP #16 - 'those hips don't lie'

Hi Everyone,

Again more Reaver to show.

I've been making steady progress with detailing the armour edge and adding more black/white/red to other armour pieces this week, these should be ready to show next week.

The main aim this week was to build up the hips to a more 'golden brozen' tone, so far I've washed the base gold with a little crimson and browns to add a little depth to it, then a dry brush of brass scorpion to build up the tone I'm looking for. This needs a silver highlight and maybe another wash of black in the recesses.

This style will be the same as I use for the shoulder piece.

Slowly getting there...

6 Nov 2017

Getting Ready for the return of Necromunda

A little time ago GW announced that Necromunda was returning, showcasing new minis for familiar (to us Longbeards) return of Clan Escher, Clan Goliath and the announcement that rules will allow for vertical expansion like the original - the new board looks like Zone Mortalis low level underhive stuff but single level like a board game.
So I rooted through the games room and got out what I already have, a full set of Necromunda terrain and an Imperial Firebase kit which blends nicely with the hive kits - it could easily be an Adeptus Arbites Precinct.
I sprayed the bulkheads Leadbelcher and Chaos Black for simple shadowing, and sprayed the few carboard cutouts I had made in the past, to add to the number of buildings and possibilities.
I also had made a ramp to the upper levels including polystyrene grip surface so models do not slip on it - I was a creative sort, lol.
So, I've posted these before, but I have a great selection of gangs to use. My housemates of 20yrs ago played Necromunda with me so I have Big Stu's Van Saar Gang.
My mate Allandt's Delaques. This is the first gang I think I will paint up with modern scheme and basing - as modern as 'matrix' style long black coats can be :) I like the pale flesh, these could easily be Genestealer Infested Cult Members!
Not sure if the new rule set and fluff will include these Noble House Spyrers and a Gunslinger.
The original game came with the House Goliath gang which was my gang, I still have the gang roster sheets too.  I hope the new rule sets allow Gang development with flesh wounds and upgrades etc.
And finally Jay's House Orlock Gang. Love the converted Adeptus Titanicus Gatling Blaster as a Heavy Weapon! I do remember converting that using a spare RTB01 Bolter magazine and some gubbins.

2 Nov 2017

Reaver Titan- WIP #15 - Steady Progress

Hi All,

Quick update- I've been making steady progress with the process of painting the armour edges of the Reaver, slow progress as I've been away on a conference- I was planning on showing another project this week, however I forgot to take my brushes with the paint and models! School boy error!

I had thought of going for a brass finish, however I realised this may make it look slightly more in line with  Chaos than Imperial- so a regal gold was selected! happy so far!
Shoulder Guards
 Knee Armour plates

Hopefully a bigger update post next week.. LH

30 Oct 2017

Dreadtober - Relictors Deredeo Dreadnought - Finished Showcase

Hello fellow Dreadtober-teers and one and all, thanks for dropping in. I am glad to say I have finished my Dreadtober 2017 pledge ahead of time, and I am quite chuffed with the result.
Check out the other participants progress in the sidebar link >>>> there have been some great pledges completed and great progress with others! Thanks to Greg, Joe and especially this year to Todd's great efforts making Dreadtober a highlight of the hobby year!
So, here is my completed Relictors Deredeo Dreadnought, they remind me of OCP's ED209 from RoboCop - so with that in mind, mine is protecting and serving, saving the wounded Brother Marine.
I tried out some 'Gamers Grass' products, here is the burnt grass small clumps, they add a nice texture and detail to the base, I also used some slate chips from my garden.
As with my Relictors force, I chose the spot colour of bone for the muzzles and yellow for the missiles. The weapon casings are also black like a lot of my vehicles.
I was lucky with the ammo belts, they fitted the guns and ammo magazines without too much bending or twisting, but I went for a horizontal shooting pose, anything more interesting these would need heat bending.
I quite like the braced position I achieved, the kit is fully poseable at knees and hips. I chose the foot on a rock pose as it was more 'action', stepping forward saving his wounded Brother.
I love the view showing all the four barrels! Looks awesome!
The finecast wounded Marine had damage to the forearm as well as the chest, foot and shoulder Pauldron. so I made the most of this wound with a blood trail as the Marine dragged himself towards the support lines, a bloody hand print on the rock beside the Dreadnought. I know fluff dictates the Astartes blood clots immediately, but maybe its a Daemon or Nurgle infested wound...
"Help me Brother..."

The UM knee pad emblem is to show that the Relictors acknowlegded the source of this relic Dreadnought from their forefathers, salvaged from a long forgotten heresy-era battlefield no doubt, for those who don't know - Relictors were created from the geneseed of DA and UM, a fact I like to hint at from other Dreadnought knee pads of my Relic Contemptor heresy-era Dreadnoughts the Relictors have also salvaged.
I also added a magnet to the Missile Launcher so if in the future I get a Shield Pavase, I can add that - like I would only buy a Pavase! lol.

So, thanks to all the Dreadtober-teers for their encouragement and support and to Todd for all the organisation this year. Thanks to you all for droping in, cheers, Siph.

27 Oct 2017

Reaver Titan - WIP #14 - "We're gonna need a bigger brush..."

Hi one and all,

Another week past, another Reaver Titan update (Good going Lord H - Siph)

I've decided to add a 3rd colour to the armour, this time a rich metallic red to add another depth to the scheme - this is around the armour under and above the head. I intend to add black/white stripes to this to tie all the colours together.
The legs - I've started painting some of the details of the lower leg in preparation for adding the armour plates to the leg that coincidentally hide most of this detail! A base of gold, with a wash and highlight should be fine here.
The knee pads have been undercoated, the Mechanicus symbol has been based in the typical black/white - I'll paint the cog the opposite white/black so that it really stands out. The other knee pad has been quartered, with a white and red quarter and the other two the primary black colour scheme. These will have honour markings added when finished.
The large Carapace Imperial Aquila had some love given to it, with the eagle picked out with gold, then washed. This will be highlighted to add more definition.
So far, so good.. really happy with how the build is coming along!

Food for Thought...

Two scouts are at the bar when they are joined by a Veteran Sergeant..
"What are your plans for your future careers as Marines, Brothers?" he asked.
The first "battle line Sir, they are always ready, no matter the situation."
"Very good" the Vet responded "and you?"
"When I grow up, I wanna be a Primaris Marine.. and get to my true scale...". Cue bar fight.
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