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Tyranids: Bugs Bugs Bugs

Posted in Miniatures with tags , on June 18, 2017 by Sean

It’s been several years since I’ve painted any Tyranids. With the arrival of 40K 8th, this will be changing. A friend is starting a Tyranid army for the new rules. These Warriors are the test models for the army.

The army will mostly consist of big gribblies like Carnifexes and Trigons, with some of the little Gaunts mixed in. The color scheme is designed to look like tropical beetles and bugs. We went with a dark body shell, with brighter carapace plates.

The body shell is Rhinox Hide, washed with Nuln Oil, highlighted with Rhinox Hide, Doombull Brown, and Rakarth Flesh. The fleshy parts (tongue, joints, and venting slits) are Balor Brown washed with Agrax Earthshade, highlighted with Rakarth Flesh. The carapace is Caliban Green, blended with Abaddon Black, then highlighted with Caliban Green and Warpstone Glow. The edges of the plates got an extra highlight of Flesh Gits Yellow. The scything claws got a similar treatment, but kept the highlights to the very edges.

The large plates have a good area for decoration. I added symmetrical splotches  like those found on some of those tropical beetles. This was done with first marking out a splotch with Doombull Brown, then Balor Brown.

The last details was the poisonous symbiote attached to the Warriors. I wanted it to really stand out from its host. The shell and legs are Abbadon Black, highlighted with Vallejo Grey. The carapace of the symbiote is Troll Slayer Orange, washed with Agrax Earthshade. This orange will also appear in the army for any glowing elements, in these Warriors’ case the eyes.

A note on the bases- This is the first time I’ve used the GW Texture paints. The Tyranid army will be racing across a desert, painted with Agrellan Badland. This gives a nice cracked hard-pan desert effect. I followed up the Badland with a wash of Earthshade followed by a bone-white drybrush.

More to come!

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.

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.


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.

Crimson Fists: Veterans of Rynn’s World

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , on April 20, 2017 by Sean

I’ve wrapped up the Sternguard Veteran Squad for the Crimson Fists. These scarboys are loaded for bear, and blinged to the gills. Most are simply built from the huge store of bits from the Sterngaurd sprues, though the Sergeant has a tabard from the Black Templars. The others are modified Finecast Vets. Like the rest of the army they have resin Crimson Fists shoulder pads, with some of the decorated backpacks as well.

They all bear the paired red gauntlets of Veteran Marines, as well as loads of battle honors, decorations, trophies, etc. They also all wear loincloths or tabards to further make them stand out for the regular Marines. The unit is split with suped-up bolters and combi-meltas for some utter destruction when they arrive in the inevitable Drop Pod.

The Veteran Sergeant has a iconic red power fist, and a red Sergeant’s helmet. The Marine with him has a bare head, having tossed his helmet aside after some battle damage (the scarring on the helmet corresponds to the fresh welling scar across his face).

Back to more basic Tactical Marines and some characters next.

Crimson Fists: Los Puños Carmesíes

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , on April 6, 2017 by Sean


More Crimson Fists! I’ve been working on specialists and heavy weapons troopers, as well as an optional Veteran Sergeant.

First up the Vet Sergeant. He’s one of the new Mk 3 plastics, with a nice iconic red power fist and bolt pistol. His other wise spartan decoration is accented by a red helmet and striped brush crest. As a Veteran, both of his gauntlets are red, rather than just the left.

Next are some heavy weapon Marines, in this case a Multi-melta and a Lascannon. Since there’s a lot of details for their gear, I put in 3 angles to look at. The power and fuel tubes for the multi-melta turned out a bit busy with the hazard striping, but I suppose it works. I opted for a variety of stripe spacing to help differentiate the individual tubes. These two Marines are weapon options for Tactical squads, thus they wear the Tactical arrow on their right shoulders.

The last pic is the first members of a Sterguard Veteran squad for the army. These guys are decorated veterans of several battles, so they get plenty of character as individuals. Like the Veteran Sergeant above, both their hands are red.

The top Marine has a combi-plasma, with his helmet hung on his belt. He is one of the Mk 3 plastics, unadorned with extra frippery beyond a purity seal. I added a crux terminatus symbol on his right shoulder and a painted laurel wreath decoration on his helmet. His bare head also gives him character.

The bottom Marine is one of the Sternguard Finecast Veterans, with a left arm and shoulder swap, and Rogue Trader-era bolter. He has a lot more decoration that his comrade above, with purity seals, eagle designs, and loincloth. The loincloth will be ubiquitous for the Sterngaurd squad.


Crimson Fists: Even More Tacticals

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , on March 16, 2017 by Sean

I’ve been working on more Crimson Fists Tactical Marines. While the Sergeants are individualized, the Bolter-armed and Special/Heavy Weapon Marines are swappable between squads for given situations.

These are one collection- a Sergeant (with red helmet) carrying a Bolter and Melta-bomb, 7 Bolters, a Meltagun, and a Grav-Cannon.

While most of the Marines for the army are the standard Mk 5-7, the new Mk 3 kits offer a chunky design for the army. The Mark 3 has a nice heavy look, and gives the Marine armor a feel of age. They will get mixed into the rest of the army.

The next Tactical Squad is already under way.