Archive for Forgeworld

Crimson Fists: Storm of Fire

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on June 4, 2017 by Sean

It seems I’m repopulating the entire 1st Company of the Crimson Fists Chapter by myself, or at least it feels that way. I’ve finished another squad’s worth of Sternguard Veterans for the army. These Marines are mostly needed to allow for weapon swaps as the army requires (special weapons, combi-weapons, etc.).

The Sternguard are a mix of the the plastic kit, the new Mk 3 kit, Forgeworld, and older Finecast sculpts. The Marine with combi-grav and scanner has the torso of the Captain from the 6th edition box, for example.

The first pic are a pair of Sergeants, one a Vet Sergeant for a Tactical Squad, while the other is a Devastator Sergeant. The Tactical uses a Forgeworld torso and head with bits from the Sternguard kit. The Devastator has a reinforced Mk 3 helmet and torso also from Forgeworld.

Last, but not least, is the first Primaris Marine I’ve finished. He’s a nice addition to the army, a member of the Inceptor Squad from the 8th ed box. His armor is pretty nice, with some great sleek detail to make him look more high tech than his ‘normal’ Marine brethren. I love his huge bolt rifle, which suits his stature (he’s a head taller than a Marine). Despite his size, his armor still follows the scheme of the rest of the Chapter- blue armor, red left fist. I painted in the Tactical symbol on the right shoulder and did a freehand of the Fist symbol on his left (rather than the sculpted shoulders of most of the other Marines). The rest will follow shortly.

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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 Wolftime: Leman Russ, Primarch of the Space Wolves

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

I’ve finally gotten to work on the Primarch of the Space Wolves Space Marines Legion for the Horus Heresy 30K, the indomitable Leman Russ.

Russ is a great miniature, and it was fun to paint him. He has a lot of animation, with a swirling motion throughout the whole figure, starting from his base of shattered stone to his whirling wolf pelt cape and long braided hair. His dagger sheath even swings out away from his body with his momentum. The motion of the model follows his eyes, with Russ turning his head to face of against an unseen foe (or searching for another), and his leg planted to begin his turn in that direction. This pose does make the minie difficult to photograph, but it does avoid any problems of a miniature ‘in-the-round’ being dull from some directions.

His armor is of course pretty elaborate, with lots of studs and spikes and ‘Viking’ design on armor plates. I went with a cool dark grey for his power armor, and kept most of his color scheme a cool temperature, from his armor, weapons, and even the wolf pelts. The base has some warmth to contrast, with reddish terracotta showing through the facades.

His paired weapons are a highly decorated sword, painted with violet and blue washes to separate it from him, as well as a big axe worked to a shiny polish with blue and silver.

I show one pic with Russ on his normal 40mm base and then inserted into the scenic base, as well as a pic of just the scenic base. Like the other Primarchs, he has his own little diorama on a 60mm base. In Russ’ case this is some palace floor on Prospero, when the Space Wolves fought the Thousand Sons Legion. You can see a discarded scroll and Thousand Son helmet among the rubble of magic wards and inscriptions. Russ has a few of the same metals from the scenic base used on his armor to tie him visually to the base.

More to come. Looking forward to Sanguinius and Dorn.

Crimson Fists: Faith and Will

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , on February 10, 2017 by Sean

Chaplains and Librarians!

I’m going to start work on a Crimson Fists Space Marine army for a client. Starting off I’m working on some of the characters from the force.

First up are a pair of Chaplains. The first is the Finecast sculpt, while the second is the plastic kit. The Finecast Chaplain is pretty basic, with no conversion. The plastic kit has a swapped Crimson Fist shoulder pad and a standard backpack instead of the more elaborate one he comes with. They both wear the traditional black and bone color scheme, with the addition of red gauntlets to honor their Chapter.

It’s interesting to contrast the sculpts with an eye toward the materials. The Finecast/metal sculpt is richer I feel, with better details than the plastic can provide. On the other hand the plastic kit can have much finer details (such as the flowing scroll and seals). I should note that the Finecast kit here was perfectly cast. Lucky me!

Next are some Librarians. They wear the traditional blue of the the Librarians, which is odd because their Chapter color is also blue. However, the blue here is a bit brighter than the Chapter blue (both base with Cantor Blue), but the Librarians get a highlight with Cantor Blue/Caledor Sky to brighten them up. Both got resin Fists shoulders and backpacks.

Here again we have two different materials. The first Librarian is a Forgeworld kit, actually a Red Scorpions special character. Luckily his armor lacks any real decoration associated with that Chapter, so he is easily swapped into the Fists. I like the sculpt, with its regal stance and outstretched hand. I painted the edge of his force sword to look like energy was running along it. The other Librarian is pewter (been a while since I’ve seen one of those!) with a plastic left arm and combi-melta.  The age of the sculpt shows (2nd edition, so ca. 1993?), as he’s a bit squat and stiff compared to current Marine designs.

More to come.

 

Empire: Fancy? Quite.

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on November 19, 2016 by Sean

More Fancy Lads characters for the Empire. In a sea of infantry and repetition, these characters provide me with something interesting to paint.

The Captain is from Forgeworld’s Manann’s Blades command group, with Captain Van Der Kraal  himself stepping forward. He’ll be used as a generic Empire Captain, though he’s quite distinctive from the other Captains in the army. As usual for Forgeworld models, he’s highly detailed (even over-detailed in my opinion), with drapery, armor, and extra decorations. I find Forgeworld sculpts can be very busy, with lots of very small and fine detail. Their sculpting tends to be ‘fuzzy’ compared to the cleaner standard GW style. Imperfect castings can also be problematic. I do like his brass peg leg though.

The Engineer is a standard GW plastic kit. We’ve opted for the telescope over the Hochland long rifle. He’s a relatively simple model, though his scope and wacky helmet let him shine. As with the Captain, he continues the army colors of yellow and purple. A black longcoat acts as a good neutral color. An interesting bit is the little satchel bag on his back. The bag came from a WWII German kit. I needed something to fit on his back, as the strap for the bag (or rifle bit that comes with the kit) is sculpted to the back, so without it you have a big gap.

Last is another Warrior Priest. He’s built from the extra bits that came with the War Altar of Sigmar kit. He’s pretty simple as a sculpt, but the spartan decoration suits him.  The red cloak matches the other Warrior Priest for the army, making both stand out in the masses of yellow/purple. I’ll be getting to Volkmar the Grim himself sooner or later.

Corvus Corax, Raven Guard Primarch

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on October 8, 2016 by Sean

Corvus Corax, Primarch of the Raven Gard Legion, is done. I will work on him nevermore

This guy was rough. Aside from the detail and normal level of work on the model, it was also very fragile and unbalanced to build. I envision the wings being broken within a week, but here’s hoping. Forgeworld’s sometimes questionable resin once again rears its head… The wings themselves are extremely fiddly; the castings were not great at all, and required extensive cleaning and reshaping with a knife. Even then some of the details were warped or rough. Hopefully the paint job will cover these deficiencies.

Aside from the construction problems, I like the model. He’s very dynamic and actually looks like he’s just touched down with force (the splintering flagstones are a great touch). The interaction with the Night Lord Marines is great too. His face is very characterful, with a proper Eastwood squint from Spaghetti Westerns (am I right about that inspiration, seeing how he’s got a pair of pistols in cowboy holsters ?)

I took lots of pictures from various angles to show off Corax’s details and pose, as well as him mounted in the scenic base. Like the other Primarchs the scenic base is pinned to lock together around the smaller character base.

I’m not sure which Primarch is next, but looking forward to whichever one drops in my lap.

Corax, penultimate

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2016 by Sean

Corvus Corax, Primarch of the Raven Guard Legion, is nearly done. Like all the other Primarch miniatures from Forgeworld, he is very complicated and detailed. This means he has taken some time to finish to a high standard.

Here he is nearly completed. I mounted him to the character base, that will in turn fit in the scenic base. I painted him on his own before I mounted him, because he’s big enough already, and the base would have presented an unwieldy grip. Plus, there would be a higher chance of tipping and breaking (plus rubbing paint off the base piece).

I took pics from several angles, to highlight his detailed armor. His armor plates are smoother than his Primarch brothers, with inset base relief surfaces and decoration resembling Celtic knotwork (similar to some of the Heresy-era Raven Guard decoration seen on the standard Marines and vehicles from Forgeworld). The only things missing from the completed model is the pair of wings on the jump pack and his other holster and whip (left off for ease of painting).

Being Raven Guard, he of course wears all black armor, the only contrasting color being a shiny silver for armor trim and weapons, some gold, leather pouches, and white/bone decoration. A few spots of bright blue show up in the jewels in his Legion symbol and the exhausts of the jump pack. The lightning claws got a blue wash and highlight with pure silver to make them very eye-catching.

Before I mounted Corax to the base I took a pic of the Traitor Marine he’s posed in the act of shooting. This one was painted as a Night Lord in Mark III armor, with the standard deep blue plating and bronze trim. He got a skull Death’s Head ‘mask’ on his helmet and a winged skull Legion symbol. A few lightning bolt effects on his armor break up the flat plates. I really love the posing on this model. He’s sprawling back, a hole punched right through his chest, shrapnel scoring the underside of his faceplate. His weapons are just barely attached to the model, showing them about to fly free once he falls back. He brings some needed color to the full Corax model, but his smaller size means he won’t upstage the Primarch.

Next up, the finished Corax!