The Game

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While finishing up my Grey Knights I managed to knock out some more terrain. The first to be completed were two moonscape craters from GW. The set has a total of five, so I started applying glue to the edge and dusted with a sand mix to smooth out the transition. After that I primed and airbrushed all five with the base colors. And last, just some dry-brushing and  highlights. Real simple. The only problem with these was the warping of the models. From what I hear they all come warped. I’m sure there’s a way to fix it but I was too lazy.

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Now that I have added a DreadKnight and a Stormraven to my army, I’ve been having the urge now to create some line of sight, tall, blocking terrain. I’ve seen these type of rock formations done a variety of ways and I opted for a very quick solution. Basically I chopped up a bunch of small pieces of insulation board and glued them together. I cut slices horizontally, based and painted, with my NEW airbrush, and dry-brushed. Gonna need to make more of these.

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A while ago I printed out some more templates for buildings. Three of each to be exact (these were the same as the ones in the previous post). So the images below are of one building I created from 3 sets of one template to make a temple like building. I mounted it on a single piece of 3/4″ insulation board and glued it to masonite board. This was done exactly the same as the previous ones. Only exceptions were the steps and insulation board base.

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I’m super happy with the way this came out. Glad I spent the extra time on the floor, I think it’s what sets this piece apart from all others. I just used extra cereal box cardboard in 1″ squares, painted every other one white and applied multiple black washes to it.

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I know I haven’t been keeping up with the desired post-a-month plan but I have done tones of work in the meantime. It’s pretty much like quarterly mega dumps. So here is my progress on my Grey Knight army.

First up, I started with warrior acolytes using a set of Kasrkins I won off ebay. In total I have 12, 5 of which you see here. Unfortunately I can’t use the grenade launcher guy. I may even work them into a IG contingent. I know what you’re thinking.. original right?

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Next, I included a Jokaero to the henchmen squad. Bit of an intimidating model with all the fur. I must have painted the fur about 3 times before I was happy with the outcome. I kept wanting to dry brush it but since my whole army is layered I stuck it out and managed to pull of a pretty nice model. As far as Finecast goes, this was probably the nicest model I have received from GW.

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Here I took a Razorback kit and magnetized the weapons, dozer blade, and rear hatch so switch between Razorback and Rhino. Please enjoy the Forgeworldery.

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…and here is the same vehicle swapped to make a Razorback.

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A Landraider Crusader that has also been magnetized and beaten with the Forgeworld stick. I magnetized the side sponsons and ordered bits to house the Redeemer option (on deck to be painted). I also ordered the bits to convert it into a standard LR too. So now I can have any LR I want.

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And then I decided, if I want to field all these nice toys I can’t field just terminators cause there won’t be any points left. So I purchased a lot of assembled and primed GKs off Bartertown. I got 20 GKs for $50. Sounds like a bargain you say? Could be. They were previously all pretty much interceptors with falchions and no extra bits. So I ordered more bits online mostly backpacks and shoulder pads as I had leftovers from other kits. Here are the 8 finished marines. I will work them into my Purgation squad so I can have psycannons.

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Another magnetized model. This one was easy. All I needed to magnetize were the hinges at the top because the piece that connects to the weapon doesn’t have to be glued in and the weapon snaps in place. The other magnets used were on the right hand for the sword and other fist. I chose to ditch the hammer.

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Finally, the Stormraven. I’ve been dying to get this model finished. I used it once with the load out from the image to the left, back when it was primed, in a tau game and beat face. I popped open a devilfish and wiped out half a squad of warriors. Then went on to kill a bunch of battle suits. Yay psybolt ammo. Again this model has been magnetized. All weapons are usable.

That’s all I got. Stay tuned for the next round where I finish my GK army with 8 more strike squaders, 5 interceptors, an new purgation squad, 5 more warrior acolytes, a culexus assassin, Draigo, Crowe, 5 more DCAs, and maybe a few servo skulls. I will also post a pic of my vindicare who has been painted from the beginning and somehow got overlooked.

 

It’s been quite some time since last post. Been busy with so many things from hurricanes to hobby progress, this is gonna be an epic post with lots of pics.

Early October I was able to get out to the Warstore Weekend. I had mixed feelings about this show as it was not what I expected. Large gaming space unfortunately the main section was for Infinity, Warmachine, Flames of War, etc. 40K was located in a larger room down the hall in another section all together. My sole purpose for the event was just to scout it out and see what a gaming convention is like. The quantity of gaming going on was quite a lot and just popping in I was a little intimidated. Everyone seemed to know what was going on. Maybe because I came late and missed an introduction or something it seemed like just a bunch of games going on with some pretty awful scenery. Except for the 40k tournament, which had plenty of nice terrain. I did enjoy the vendor area unfortunately, there was only one vendor. And the swag bag was a nice touch.

Not sure I will be back to the Warstore Weekend but I will definitely be looking for another 40k event.

Since that con, I finished my table and began the creation of my gaming surface but never finished it. So from about November to late December I spent some time here and there getting them finished. For the surface I cut 2″ insulation board to 2′x4′, sanded, based and flocked it. I used the tutorials created by Terrain Templar on YouTube. I highly recommend this guy for tutorials on scenery. The only issue I had was where he demonstrates the spreading of flock to a glued surface. Mine started clumping so I just set up some large scrap paper on the floor, glued the sections of board, and used the shaker to apply a generous covering of flock. After that I tipped the board this way and that to spread the flock, and let it sit over night. Finally, lifted the boards and shook of the excess on to the paper. Collected the extra flock and applied a second coat of glue to seal the flock. Overall it took about one shaker of flock and and 2 16 oz. bottles of scenic cement.

Let me start by saying that I began this hobby shortly after high school and during that time options for scenery were pretty slim, as well as tutorials (this was around 2nd edition). So my group and I amassed what we thought was a pretty  good selection. Some tree/forest pieces, a couple of polystyrene packing corners (ruined and painted of course), and a few hills. As time went on and editions passed, my group and I moved on and bounced in and out of the hobby as well as apartments, so it’s safe to say our terrain had seen better times. Now that I have found my self back in 40k and playing on a regular basis, I found pulling together what was left, and although we kept it as best we could, the pieces wore down faster when we started to use them again. Slowly the field became bare.

Shortly after my table was finished I started some foam core scenery based on the STCs from Confessions of a 40K Addict. Here are some WIP pics as well as final pieces of the tower, ruins, and single story ruins. Here I also applied flock to tie it in to the surface same as mentioned above. I didn’t capture any pics from assembly but the first one is the primer stage and the second is first pass with a grey based coat. I tried to go light and allow for some shading but once I started I realized I did it all wrong. Instead of priming it in black I should prime in white and spray black into the shadows, then I would just apply an even coat of grey allowing me to blend the shadows nicely. Oh well. Noted for next time. To finish the pieces I dry-brushed the grey over the whole piece and edge highlighted some parts.

Side-by-side with the ruins I also freestyled some forest terrain pieces. You can see one in the 2nd WIP pic of the ruins. These were super simple. Just a little masonite as a base, cut an organic shape. Sculpted a few rock bases (pink foam), sanded, painted, flocked (like above), added some trees, and BAM! You got some terrain. Still need to finish one though.

For christmas I got a hot-wire foam cutter and just for some practice cut up some blocks of 2″ foam. Again I applied the Terrain Templars techniques. These were completed over the course of 3 weeks, spending a little time here and there. I wasn’t too concerned about how these came out as they were super easy and took little effort.

Basically this is all the new scenery that is finished. There are still 2 pieces that are unfinished but I think there is enough now so I can get back to painting my Knights. I should have part three of my Grey Knight army progress up in the coming months. In fact, now that I think about it, I may do a 3a and 3b because it’s gonna be another big one. I’ll leave you with a final pic of the whole table.