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Death Korps: Western Front

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

 

 

The Death Korps builds slowly. I’ve got a bunch of these Guardsmen on the painting desk. So far I’ve completed 2 Engineer squads and an Infantry squad. Now that I’ve got the color scheme down, the rest will be much faster.

These are one of the Engineer squads. The unit is a 5-man squad. They served as the test paint for the army; odd since they are veterans with more armor and equipment than the standard Tommies.

The other squad here is a basic Infantry squad, a 10-man section. Instead of the shotguns and armor plating of the Engineers, they carry basic lasguns and have to live with long coats for armor. Their gear is simpler, with a compact backpack and gas mask filter on their chests. Very WWI look to them.

A few insert shots show the unit markings I added to the members of the squad. The squad number is on the left shoulder pad and the backpack rear. The sergeant wears his stripes, the only spot of color on the whole unit. Finally, the platoon marking is on the right shoulder, in this case a white diamond. The platoons will follow the ‘card suits’ style for designations. The only member who breaks this marking scheme is the flamer; the special weapon and heavy weapon troopers will not have squad numbers, so they can be mixed and matched into whichever squad needs them.

The bases for the army will look like a Western Front of WWI- churned mud, broken ground, barbed wire, etc. I added lengths of barbed wire from Army Painter Battlefield XP. Some of the wire is crushed into the mud, while some crisscrosses the ground. Barbed wire posts stick out of the mud, strung with wire or split and lying in the dirt. Patchy grass and little tufts of grass give a little brightness in contrast to the drab uniforms and dark bases.

Next up is another Infantry squad, a couple Command squads, and even some Leman Russ tanks. The tanks will follow the coloring scheme of the Infantry, painted in the dark khaki of WWI British tanks.

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Warhammer 40K: Death Korps test

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , , on November 26, 2017 by Sean

 

Krieg test

Another new army for a client. This time it’s the famous Death Korps of Krieg, the grim WWI-inspired Imperial Guard “ahem” Astra Militarum regiment from Forgeworld. These two are the test miniatures for the army. I provided pics from several angles.

The Krieg models are nicely detailed, with great sculpting in the clothing and extra gear. I’m less enthused by the casting, since some of the mold lines are really hard to clean from resin without damaging detail. I like the mix of WWI inspirations: German coats, British leggings, and French helmets.

This particular group of the Korps have a color scheme based off World War I British uniforms. I dug up some good photo references of Tommies and my old painting guide from Flames of War’s Vallejo range, with some other colors as well. The effect is a drab, dirty look, reflecting a life in mud and battle.

Fatigues- English Uniform

Helmet and armor- Brown Violet

Leggings, packs, and gas mask- Dark Sand

Boots and gloves- GW Rhinox Hide

Weapon and tools- P3 Pig Iron

GW Nuln Oil was washed over everything to dull down and shade. The only other spot of color is the Mephiston Red right eyepiece, since this squad of engineers seem to have some advanced optics in their gas masks.

The bases for the army are churned mud, dotted with rubble, patches of dead grass and broken equipment, alluding to the Western Front. The effect is made with GW’s texture paint Stirland Mud and standard basing sand. This gets spread like butter, piled up and manipulated while it dries. The surface got brushed with a mix of P3 Battlefield Brown and GW Steel Legion Drab. Later on the bases will have more litter, and the big bases like for weapon teams will have bigger piles of rubble, emplacements, etc.

 

Now that these tests are done, I can get properly stuck into the army. It’s an IG army, so can expect much more work to come.

Crimson Fists: Sword and Hammer

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

 

More Crimson Fists! Yeah, surprising I’m sure.

After working on Primaris Marines for so long, we’re back at ‘standard’ elite superhumans. I’m in the middle of an Assault Squad, wearing jump packs. There’s another unit without jump packs in the pipe next. These Marines are part of the first jump pack squad.

The Assault Marines are a mix of the old and new plastics. I like the newer designs’ posing, and the little rubble piles elevate them a bit more. The Veteran Sergeant gets a lot of decoration, and is tooled out with plasma pistol and power axe. He’s ready for a fight. The rest of his squad are typical Crimson Fists, following the usual color scheme. Free-handing the ‘X’ Assault symbol on the right shoulder was not easy.

The other pic is yet another Chaplain for the Marines. This is the 4th Chaplain I’ve done for the Crimson Fists, so you can’t say they don’t have some proper spiritual guidance. This was actually a pewter cast, showing its relative age. I like his decoration, with scrolls and purity seals hung from all over, even making a sort of loincloth. Overall he has a pretty simple color scheme, generically a Chaplain, but the large of amount of parchment all over him add some variety. His red gauntlets indicate his chapter.

More Assault Marines on the way.

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.

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.