Archive for May, 2017

Crimson Fists: By the Emperor’s Hand

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , on May 17, 2017 by Sean

Pedro! The Chapter Master of the Crimson Fists, Pedro Kantor, arrives to lead his brothers. Along side him comes a Chaplain in Terminator Armor.

Pedro is suitably decorated, with no less than 8 fists on the model (no kill like overkill) plus the usual skulls, wings, and winged skulls. He also has lots of laurels and honorary cords draped over his armor. As far as a veteran officer goes, he’s amazingly enough a little understated, comparable to some of the newer Sterguard models I’ve done in terms of bling. The march of miniature design I suppose. The leather baltea and superfluous white cloth on his belt are nice touches though. I like his pose- resolute and solid, but with enough of a sense of movement to draw the eye. His raised storm bolter is balanced by his outstretched power fist and the cloth, the tall personal banner and fist acting as a center line of the whole look.

The Chaplain is a limited edition model from a GW store opening, so he’s uniquely designed. His Terminator armor is an ancient variant, with a peaked back armor and metal edging of limb armor plates. He’s dressed in the usual Chaplain manner, black armor, skull helmet, and lots and lots of other skulls. His armor is literally draped in extra real skulls on top of the gold and brass versions. His purity seals and litany scrolls are so long drag the floor, printed with all sorts of prayers and such. I decided to give him a rich purple cape, a neutral color to bring some warmth to his otherwise flat color scheme. He of course has the paired red gauntlets of a veteran of the Crimson Fists chapter.

With the daily updates concerning WH40K 8th ed, the Crimson Fists army seems poised to expand with several new squads planned, as well as lots of weapon options for characters and units. Wheeeeee more to come.

 

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Crimson Fists: Veterans 2

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , on May 7, 2017 by Sean

More Veteran Marines for the Crimson Fists. These Marines will finish out the Sternguard units, or add some weapon swap options.

First up are a pair of Veteran Sergeants for Tactical Squads. The beakie wears his Mk 6 helmet with pride, taking a martial stance with his power axe and combat blade. The other wears Mk 3 armor Iron Armor, which makes him bulkier than the other Sergeant. His armor is pretty spartan in decoration, with only a lightning bolt/skull design on his chest. He carries a power sword and a grav-pistol.

The other pics are Sternguard Vets, carrying either bolters or combi-weapons. The first pair are built from standard Sterguard plastic bits, with loads of battle honors and decoration, in keeping with the previously posted Vets.

The second pair both carry combi-flamers. The top Marine uses parts from Forgeworld and the bionic limbs from the Iron Hands.  I gave him a litany screed on his right shoulder and a campaign battle symbol on his knee. This guy has seen some action. He’s perched on a resin base from (I think?) Secret Weapon. A number of the army are repaints; while most have been rebased on 30mm bases, this Marine was kept on his old 25mm resin base, mounted on the larger base like the rest of the army.  The other Marine is a Forgeworld Mk 3, with a combi-flamer and right shoulder pad from the Sternguard kit.

The Crimson Fists army planned out for the client will be a long time in painting, with another Tactical Squad, 2 Assault Squads, Devastator Squad, more characters, and of course Terminators and Dreadnoughts. More to come.

The Walking Thunder

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on May 1, 2017 by Sean

WAAAAAAGH! Da Boss is ‘ere!

I’ve finally finished the Megaboss for my Ironjawz force for Age of Sigmar. This was done just in time for a campaign to start at my FLGS. For this campaign, the Megaboss is known as Grishnak the Walking Thunder. This is in keeping with my Ironjawz/Orcs & Goblins army name, the Stormbringaz. I know that storms and thunder are the hallmarks of the Stormcast Eternals for Age Of Sigmar, but I named and designed my Orcs 3 editions ago, and am not ceding the name for no one.

Grishnak here is truly huge, towering over everything else in the army, including the River Trolls that sometimes show up. This guy sits on a 60mm base (here a resin one from Secret Weapon, a broken temple/castle, matching the other characters in the army).

I liked the original figure, but felt that he needed a little more ‘oomph’ to show him as the true beast he is. There’s the obvious skull bosspole strapped to his back, as well as an extra club on his left side (just in case) and a helmet hanging off his right side. He might not wear it too often, but I wanted the helmet to visually tie him to the Ardboys (aka Black Orcs).

His back armor got a few more plates made of plasticard, another trophy skull got added, and even his huge choppa got a pick on the poll (the back edge). The dragon skull on his shoulder got a series of spines (plastic bits and green stuff) to break up the otherwise smooth line of the crown of the skull. He’s spiky everywhere else, best to continue that design aesthetic. A horned skull from the Brutes box finished off his left shoulder (I wasn’t a fan of the Bloodletter skull bit he came with).

Color scheme was easy enough. Even if he’s a boss, he still has battered black armor, decorated with bone white dog’s teeth, lightning bolts, and checkers. The larger size of his armor plates gave me more room to decorate, with the choppa’s head especially getting a big checker design; though being the business end of a choppa, it’s scratched, dented, and bloodied. Like the rest of his army, there is very little symmetry involved in the design of the markings, rather I added them where it might look cool. The only other colors added were various browns and a blood red, which shows up in the ragged loincloth and a trophy (ribbon/beard?) hanging off the bosspole.

Now that the Ironjawz contingent of the Orruks and Grots army is done, I can turn to adding more Moonclan models, especially characters.