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Primaris: Witchfire

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , on September 30, 2017 by Sean

The Primaris reinforcements continue to arrive for the Crimson Fists Space Marines.

The Primaris Librarian looms ominously, his cloak billowing around his towering form. While his armor is blue, it is a lighter blue than the Crimson Fists’ Kantor Blue; see previous Librarians. I decided to keep his color scheme dark, since I figured a bright robe would overshadow him. The black outer robe gives him a sinister air (appropriate for a user of the warp) while his inner robe is a simple brown, which is a nice neutral color against the blue armor. The purity seals break up the great fields of black and blue.

The rest of the Marines are some more Primaris to fill in the army’s Intercessor Squads.

The Sergeant wears his red helmet on his hip, drawing an absurdly big knife as he directs his men. The knife and left arm are from the Reivers set, but works here to give him a nice movement.

The Marines with grenade launchers have a good pose, looking like they’re thumping some rounds down range. The posability of the Primaris kit gives plenty of life to the models, an improvement over the simpler designs of the boxed game set.

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Old One Eye

Posted in Miniatures with tags , on August 25, 2017 by Sean

 

Why, it’s Old One Eye himself, the great Carnifex specimen for the Tyranids. This fellow (lady?) is the very rare unique Tyranid character to be found in the army. The army will be focused around the big beasties, rather than swarms of little goons.

Old One Eye follows the Tyranids I’ve done so far, with the same skin and carapace color scheme, with yellow spotting on the upper shell, continued over the back scales and the big crushing claws. He sports extra spiky bits to better distinguish him from other Carnifex (that and his exposed skull). His shell is dotted with battle damage as well.

I decided to replicate the glowing blades of the Swarmlord’s boneswords. The scything talons and crushing claws have red hot edges, blended from black to yellow. I wanted his weapons to look extremely dangerous, heated to a blazing edge. The painting progression is Black->Khorne Red->Troll Slayer Orange->P3 Khador Red Highlight->Flash Gitz Yellow. The glow is also seen on the back spikes, ala Godzilla, revving up for a bio-plasma blast.

The exposed skull was done as normal for bone, but I added Xereus Purple at the edges of the flesh, with Screamer Pink highlights. This kept the colors a compliment to the yellow spots and works well with the green carapace.

More Carnifexes are in the future for the army, so more to come.

Primaris!

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , on July 27, 2017 by Sean

 

The Crimson Fists Space Marine force continues, probably for some time…

Adding to the normal Space Marines, the new Primaris Marines arrive in force. I’ve shown a single member before, but I’ve finished a full 5-man Intercessor Squad (from the Dark Imperium box). The first squad has the usual bolt rifles, and the Sergeant (in the Codex red helmet) strides confidently forward.

The second pic is the other Primaris Sergeant (yet another pointing Marine!). He wears his red helmet on his belt, and seems to have a collar and headgear for interfacing. The other Marine is a standard Primaris Marine, with a head-swap from the Sternguard box. The Primaris body proportions are more realistic, thus the smaller Marine head fits fine.

The fancy guy in the third pic is a Lieutenant. It’s fun to have some of the old ranks of Marines back from Rogue Trader, even if he’s a Primaris. I wanted him to be a character in his own right, thus he got lots of extra decoration and unique heraldry. He wears a checkerboard pattern on his right shoulder, with a stylized iron halo design. The Lieu’s helmet is blue, with a white stripe down the middle, itself run through by a red stripe on the crest. He has a nice action-y pose, legs wide as he fires off his bolt pistol, sword brandished.

Last up are a pair of Sternguard Marines, both armed with heavy flamers. They carry standard gear, with some decoration (purity seals and Terminator honors). They share much of the same bits- the flamers and backpack, while one wears Mk III and the other Mk VI.

 

The Swarmlord

Posted in Miniatures with tags , on July 14, 2017 by Sean

I’ve been working on several projects at the same time, but I finished a new addition to the Tyranid army. The test models were posted a few weeks ago.

The Swarmlord is a character for the Tyranids, an unexpectedly unique model in an army of mass-produced bio-clones. As such I painted him to really emphasize him in the crowd of the rest of the army.

His (her?) color scheme follows the design of the army that the client wanted. The dark brown body contrasted with the harshly-highlighted carapace, with bone and orange as the detail colors. I added an orange glow to his boneswords to make them really shine on the battlefield. The same color appears in the venom glands and his eyes.

Like the Tyranid Warriors before, his carapace has spotting based off tropical beetles. The spots were created in the same fashion as for the Warriors (Balor Brown and Doombull Brown), with an additional highlight of Flash Gitz Yellow.

The Swarmlord does point out a problem with the Tyranids, and any army made up of animals and inhuman monsters. Characters have little to differentiate themselves from the rest of the army, other than say height. The Swarmlord lacks special gear, decoration, and special uniforms, unlike a Space Marine Captain. A unique color scheme might help, but then the character stands out too much and doesn’t look like it belongs.

Next up- Ol’ One Eye himself.

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.