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Solun Decius
14-05-2008, 23:54
March 2018: Image links are broken from page 19 (post #360) to page 59 (post #1180) because I was using a free (no account) image link service for a long time.
I'm currently working on reworking all the photos that have broken links. I'll change this paragraph as I fill them in and update the index post as well when I'm finished.

-- Index post updated January 2014 --

http://imageshack.us/a/img689/1117/sdefull01.jpg

I've been painting and posting miniatures on warseer since the beginning of 2008, starting project logs for different ongoing army projects. Lately I've begun painting more one-off minis, boardgames and stuff that doesn't really fit into any one log. I also feel lousy about leaving some of my cherished threads to hang while I'm working on other projects. To simplify matters for myself and to have one proper place to put photos of any miniature that I paint I've merged all my threads into one. You can see which thread was originally being replied to in the title line of each post.

Here's an index into some of what's of interest in this log:

Chaos Space Marines

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/5978/plaguelordarmy.jpg

This has been my biggest project from the start, my first actual warhammer army and the one that gets me the most inspired to do conversions and special personal minis.
Since I've long surpassed a tournament sized army I now give each model more time and try to make everything a little bit unique. As a result updates here have been super slow lately.
There are two things mainly going on now. One is using the heads off the Fantasy Chaos Marauder Horsemen sprue, converted into Space Marine heads and helmets with wires, earpieces, bionic eyes, etc. added for 40K effect. The other is taking Rouge Trader era plastic Space Marines and converting them into Plague Marines. Sometime in the far far future they might make up their own tournament army.

My current Red & Bone Chaos Space Marines:
Two Angry Bearded Berzerkers with excessive chaos trinkets (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4252822)
Terminator Lord w/Lightning Claws (WIP), here (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3207628) and here (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3200965)
Chaos Raptors with converted marauder helmets (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4907924)
Khornate Daemonically Posessed Land Raider with skulls and Bloodletters (and Rhino above)) (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6449607)
First Dark Vengeance unit - Chosen (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6555985)
Dark Vengeance Lord (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6632339) (and some army shots below)
Dark Vengeance Helbrute (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6679412)
Daemon Prince of Khorne (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6909632)


Daemon Allies:
They grew - see Daemons of Nurgle below


Rogue Trader style Plague Marines (2008-2009):
Nurgle posessed Land Raider (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3988587) (Interior (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3843770))
Terminator Plague Lord (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4001374)
Some army shots - here (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4011502) & here (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3379905)


My old Red & Black Chaos Space Marines (2008):
Original five Raptors and two winged champions (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4183027)
Terminator w/HUGE icon and Lightning Claws (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2682307)
Terminator Squad (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2719192)
Full army shot of my first finished 1500 pts (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2810274)
Juggernaut mounted Lord (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2923710)
Defiler (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2967721)


http://imageshack.us/a/img207/4782/img9300h.jpg


Daemons of Nurgle

http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/3420/92zf.jpg

This started out os allies for the CSM but quickly grew into an army of their own, which I brought to the 2013 ETC in Serbia.
Mostly out of the box minis with no coversions, painted quickly with heavy washes and few colors, these are gaming minis first and foremost. With models numbering in the three digits they look so nice all massed up though.


Unit of 10 Plaguebearers and Herald of Khorne in Chariot (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6449602)
Whole unit of 21 Plaguebearers with Herald of Nurgle (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6679412)
Forge World Herald of Nurgle (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6820939)
Unit of 5 Plaguedrones (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6840248)
Avatars of War Herald of Pestilence (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6841640) (and group shots)
Daemon Prince, Great Unclean One and one hundred Plague Bearers! (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6912626)



Technicolor Orcs and Goblins

http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/9688/gobboreg0103.jpg

This is the army I've painted most for the last year or two. I want it to be painted to a fairly high standard using proper blending, NMM and really bright eye-catching colors. It's more or less conversion free and my focus is exlusively on painting them well.


Fanatic and start of O&G army (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3735843)
First regiment of Night Goblins with NMM and everything (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3794339) (and fixed a little (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4011455))
Shamans - Orc & Night Goblin (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4182997)
Arachnarok Spider (finally properly finished) (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6128381)
AoW Goblin King (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5364995)
Boar Boys - all ten of them (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5954551)
AoW Orc Brute (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5989403)
Savage Orc Great Shaman, Mounted (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6106649)
Two Fanatics and a Black Orc Big Boss (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6341976)
Savage Orc Big Boss and 30 Night Goblins (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6597718)


http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/1990/img8578t.jpg


Poisoned Arrow Stealers - Tyranid army

A super-speed paint army I started for a Tale of 40K Painters and also to make use of the old old Space Hulk Stealers. Took inspiration from nature, using patterns off of Blue Poison Dart Frogs on the stealers' backs. Still some to do there but sadly never seems of highest importance.


Bunch of Stealers in some terrain (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3176483)
Warriors and Gaunts (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4272785)



One-off pieces

I've done some one-off models and competition entries where I've tried to push my limits a bit. Here are a couple.


Competition Entry: Salamander Terminator - step by step painting (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3011835)
Space Hulk OSL Diorama (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4672363)
Dark Vengeance Chosen on a display base (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6526140)
Hasslefree Summer (cheerleader) on a cliff (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6534376)
Chaos Sorcerer Lord on display base (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6558679)
OSL Orc Shaman from Avatars of War (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6663286)
Wyrd Pere Ravage - OSL cave explorer (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6717604)



Board Games

This is my new favorite thing, board games with detailed miniatures. They're each a nice little (or big) confined project, and when you're done you're done (until that next expansion).


Fantasy Flight's Mansions of Madness (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5446737)
Chaos in the Old World - four chaos gods (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6016665)
Chaos in the Old World - horned rat and whole set (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6068290)
Super Dungeon Explore - first set of Kobolds complete (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6313028)
SDE - baby dragons and treasure chests (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6336144)
SDE - all Heroes from original boxed set (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6456786)
SDE - Starfire Dragon (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6459433 ) (also fixed and finished (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6471206))
SDE - Whole set (4 player) (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6474559)
SDE - 3D board tiles (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6495280)
SDE - Fireflow Denizens (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6951138)
SDE - Princess Ruby (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=7026075)


http://imageshack.us/a/img23/7587/sdeheroes01.jpg

Solun Decius
15-05-2008, 09:23
-- Original first post --

Alright! I've put together 1500 points of Chaos Space Marines and made an Army list.
I'm hoping that by posting this here I'll feel the need to update regularly and thus be encouraged to finish this as quickly as possible.
When I finish I'll:
1) have a 1500 point painted army to play proper tournaments.
2) be able to continue with two awesome projects I've been looking forward to but don't want to spend time on until I have at least one proper army. (projects described in my introductory thread and they will be made into project logs too when this is finished).

I've taken a photo of each unit in my army. The half- and unpainted miniatures are obvious. All in all I have 13 unpainted Power Armored models, 5 unpainted Terminators and the Winged Lord which I will put extra effort into and hope it will pay off in quality.
Also the Terminator Icon Champ isn't fully converted.

Chaos Lord
- Wings
- Mark of Khorne
- Plasma Pistol
- Power Fist
http://imageshack.com/a/img923/7761/368MGv.jpg

Chosen Chaos Space Marines (7)
- Flamer
- Melta Gun
- Power Weapon
- Twin Linked Bolter
Chosen Champion (1)
- Icon of Khorne
- Power Fist
http://imageshack.com/a/img924/8484/UmKxeC.jpg

Chaos Terminators (2)
Terminator Champions (3)
- Icon of Khorne
- Lightning Claws
- Reaper Autocannon
- Chainfist
http://imageshack.com/a/img924/1494/S1zZBO.jpg

Chaos Raptors (5)
- Flamer
- Melta Gun
Raptor Champion (1)
- Icon of Khorne
- Lightning Claws
http://imageshack.com/a/img922/138/TmpE9q.jpg

End of Part 1 - Part 2 will follow!

Solun Decius
15-05-2008, 13:07
Part 2 - The Troops!

Chaos Space Marines (9)
- Plasma Pistol
- Melta Gun
Aspiring Champion (1)
- Power Weapon
http://imageshack.com/a/img922/527/s817fW.jpg

Chaos Space Marines (5)
- Plasma Gun
http://imageshack.com/a/img923/1113/0voMmA.jpg

Chaos Havocs (8)
- 2 x Heavy Bolter
- 2 x Autocannon
http://imageshack.com/a/img924/6372/VSbNWq.jpg

Chaos Havocs (6)
- Missile Launcher
- Lascannon
http://imageshack.com/a/img924/4235/FJ9z1R.jpg

I'll post new, better quality photos of the miniatures and units I finish as soon as that happens. I also have some better quality photos of some of the already finished ones and I'll put them in here soon too.

The Wildchild
15-05-2008, 13:16
I'll save you from the dreaded double post lol!

Nice start to the army...any chance you could post a link to the intro of you other blogs?

The termie banner's HUGE!!!! Yet looks really good!

Great conversion work on the lord...that's gonna look awesome when painted!

Good luck!

Solun Decius
15-05-2008, 13:34
Thanks man!

I haven't yet started other project logs here on Warseer but I have posted a couple finished model projects on Tha Bolter and Chainsword, most noteworthy of which is this one:
http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/index.php?showtopic=133614
I will expand that project into a full army but I have to finish this one first.

With the Termie banner/icon I was aiming for rediculously HUGE, yet Chaos and intimidating and not comic like. I hope I can pull that off when I finish modelling the Icon and painting the model.

Still waiting on the second half of my photos where the more regular troops are.

While I'm waiting I can reflect a bit on the Army List.
I did not initially have a full army list and then begin to assemble models to fit that. Instead I assembled what I thought was cool from what I had, also using some Vanilla Marine bits I had. I Then realized I had put a bit too many special weapons on marines, stripped off some plasma pistols and basically only recently looked at what I had and how I could make it into 1500 points. I then assembles the last few models to fit that.
I also want a list that is focused on Chaos Space Marines. I don't want to have a Demon Prince, even though it may be more powerful, point for point, than a Lord. I have a couple of Chaos Spawn that I have converted to look kick-ass but they also don't fit the feel of my army.
The mark of Khorne is dominant in the elite units but I traded my Berzerkers and Posessed Marines (other than the bitz that can be seen here in conversions) for the same reason.

I began this project in december after not having been involved in GW stuff since the early 90's. Actually, in the years I was into this then I don't think I ever finished as many proper models as I now have in a few months. I certainly never finished an army and I'm now finally playing worthwile games of Warhammer 40K.

Mr Feral
15-05-2008, 14:00
You've got some nice conversions and a good colour scheme going (I though they were Red Corsairs until I saw the Marks of Khorne, but it's just as good). Kudos for the good work on the Terminator's giant banner, and I like the matching helmets on the Raptors.

(you're not the only one without a finished army, I'm in the same situation still! ;))

*subscribed*

Solun Decius
15-05-2008, 15:12
Thanks!


You've got some nice conversions and a good colour scheme going (I though they were Red Corsairs until I saw the Marks of Khorne, but it's just as good). Kudos for the good work on the Terminator's giant banner, and I like the matching helmets on the Raptors.
Yeah, the color scheme is similar to the Red Corsairs (I realized after I decided on a scheme, not that it matters) but while the Red Corsairs have red trims on the black armor plates and black trims on the red armor plates mine is a bit more random. The armor plates are either red or black but the trims are either gold or a kind of dirty brown/bone color. I want the armor to look a little dirty and haphazardly put together and maintained. I have a bunch of fluff in mind and I'll dump that somewhere when it has solidified more.

Not only are the Raptors' helmets matching but they are all complete Quintuplets. I even cut the knees off those one Mk VI legs in the assault squad box and green stuff modeled a new pair of kneepads for them to be Mk VII legs. Also the raptors seem a bit more interrested in maintaining their armor.

The Khorne Quints!
http://imageshack.com/a/img922/962/MlpDIg.jpg

Chosen Champion
http://imageshack.com/a/img922/4062/Mf8Rgz.jpg

Just to post a few higher quality photos of some key models.

Solun Decius
15-05-2008, 17:57
OK! More photos have come through.
Now the first two posts have a photo of each unit in the army.
The last post has a few more detailed photos.
Feel free to comment on the models, paint-job or army list in any way you see fit.

shaw3029
15-05-2008, 18:10
Very cool looking army. I really like the chaos lord.

Solun Decius
16-05-2008, 01:49
One down!
Twelve to go.

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/9353/1d72ex.jpg

While taking the photo I realized I forgot to highlight the brown part of his chest and left leg. That's a quick fix and it'll look similar to the shoulder pad trims.

Also I'll paint the bases of a few at a time so I'll leave them for now.

Next I intend to paint two more of these regular troops and finish the conversion on the Banner Termie. (Baby steps!)

warflag
16-05-2008, 11:32
Morning, Sir.

The winged dudes look really good, as all the other stuff does. I would kep them and add a lord on juggernaught. All you need is a spare berzerker and a sharp knife, and the beast. For 20 € itīs a really good piece of metal. The pose is cool, and if you lift up the fron it almost looks like itīs leaping towards the enemy. The spare bloodletter will in my case get a place in or on a tank.

Good stuff of yours

keep my eye on this

Cheers,
Bart

Solun Decius
16-05-2008, 12:02
Top of the morning to you too!

I'll definitely do the Juggernaut Lord. I might try to have it equally costly as the Winged Lord so the are interchangable in the 1500 points. Lightning Claw and Twin Linked Bolter spring to mind. Or Power Weapon and Plasma Pistol. Anyway...

First things first though! This army must be finished as is and ASAP!

Thanks!

Solun Decius
17-05-2008, 02:07
Update!

http://imageshack.com/a/img922/7067/vp0cxm.jpg

So I finished painting them up, did the bases and everything and inspected them thoroughly. Then after taking the photos and editing them I'm looking at them now and realize that I forgot the skull on the rightmost dude's right knee. Always something :cries:

Status:
Marines: 3 finished, 10 not.
Termies: 0 finished, 5 not.
Lord ... not!

Feel free to count the specks on my camera's sensor :p

Solun Decius
17-05-2008, 16:33
Did a quick Khorne Icon for the Termie Champ. I have to wait for it to dry before I can straighten the edges and do the surface properly.

http://imageshack.com/a/img922/9995/Msm7Bl.jpg

It's still good enough to get the feel for the whole mini, if it's working like this.
Maybe it needs a little something for detail lower on the banner pole.

C&C welcome.

Solun Decius
18-05-2008, 15:08
Finished the Icon with some straighter edges, battle damage, shacks and bolts and wires. Tidied up the banner a bit as well.

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/6186/kKKhhK.jpg

What I lack in modeling skill I'm hoping to make up for when I paint it.

If I don't get any brilliant ideas for adding detail to this banner then I guess this it for assembling and modelling this army and there'll be only painting from now on.

Don't be shy, tell me what I need to hear. Good or bad!

khazgar
18-05-2008, 15:44
whoa i like that icon so much, keep it going!

Mr Feral
18-05-2008, 15:59
I think it's great! The only thing I can point out is the fingermarks on the banner, but the paintjob should cover that one up.

Gloryseeker
18-05-2008, 16:28
That termi banner is massive! I like how the raptors all have the same helmets make them look unified. Also like the spikes coming out of the chest armour never seen anyone do that before. GOOD STUFF!!

Solun Decius
19-05-2008, 00:15
Pfew! I thought I could do 3 more marines today but that was rather optimistic. Still making progrees though!


whoa i like that icon so much, keep it going!
Thanks! Will do!


I think it's great! The only thing I can point out is the fingermarks on the banner, but the pantjob should cover that one up.
Yeah, I evened the surface out a bit but decided the marks were now shallow enough to be fixable if I lay the primer on a bit thick.


That termi banner is massive! I like how the raptors all have the same helmets make them look unified. Also like the spikes coming out of the chest armour never seen anyone do that before. GOOD STUFF!!
Thanks! I did try to make the Raptors all look the same and I think it makes them kind of a special unit. Since they are made from Vanilla assault marines I needed to make them a bit chaotic without going overboard with bits and junk. The spikes in the chest made the torso a bit different from just being a plain jump pack torso but still kept a distinct unified look. The blades on the leg armor are actually made from 10 of the same type of chainsword :rolleyes: and as I said earlier I remodeled the knees on the flamer raptor to match the other 4.

The banner is now actually so massive I had to put a rather large coin into the base at the opposite side and fill the rest up with green stuff for it to stand without tipping over.

Thank you everyone for looking. I'll have more here soon. I might actually play a game of 40K tomorrow night so I wont get as much painting done then ... a shame!

Solun Decius
20-05-2008, 18:12
No progress since last time, still have 3 half painted marines on my desk.
I did however use what models I have to fight a 1000 pts battle last night.
For those who get bored easily I have a title for each paragraph so you don't have to read my rambling if it doesn't interest you. Photos follow.

I'm a big fan of WYSIWYG and painted armies so I made an army of what I had painted, exactly as it is. (I'm no fascist, I'll be dissapointed if I play a proxy armie or shiny horde of pewter and plastic but I'll keep quit and enjoy the game nonetheless).

- Army description (Chaos)
I used the Raptor Champion as a Lord, the role he was originally built for, which left the raptors rather more weak with no champion or power weapon at all. I had one Havoc unit with all the Heavies I had painted and mixed up the regular troops a bit (with the addition of a Champion with Power Fist and Plasma Pistol, who is painted with a mark of Nurgle on his shoulder and is therefor not viable for this army on a regular basis). The chosen squad was similar to what i intend, seeing that their main punch lies in the Champion and the Khorne icon he carries.
Only thing not WYSIWYG was the fact that no raptor was actually holding an Icon but the melta dude counted as a Khorne Icon Bearer. This way I had 999 points of properly painted models and only an extremely slight WYSIWIG cheat.

- Army description (Xenos scum)
The opponent: Tau!
Crisis suit commander with 2 shield drones
2 fire warrior units, 11 and 12 strong
10 Kroots
3 Stealth suits
6 Vespid stingwings
2 crisis suits
2 Broadsides with railguns and stuff

- Deployment

We rolled for the mission and got Table Quarters.

Tau player chose table side and Crisis suits started in reserve for Deep Strike.
I basically took the majority of my force as close to the center as possible. Kroots, Stealth suits and Chosen infiltrated. it looked like this:

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/3761/U2F1s8.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img922/716/8TaxGr.jpg

- Turn 1

Tau first turn. Vespids advanced into that concrete bunker (3+ cover) and not much other movement. Everything fired at what they could. Stealth suits come from behind cover, near the barbed wire fences, shoot, then retreat back into cover. Concealment has it's effect on the shooting phase. All in all, 3 casualty from the regular CSM squads.

Chaos first turn. All of my army advances towards the Kroot flank, except for one CSM squad, with plasma gun, which heads towards the Stealth suits, and the havoc squad, which stands still and shoots diagonally over the field at the fire warrior unit near the Crisis Commander ... kills some. Chosen rapid fire at Kroots which in turn (and at under half streangth) fail their leadership and flee.

- Turn 2

Tau second turn. A strong turn for tau. One Crisis suit Deep strikes into Cahos Deplyment zone and begins to pick at the havocs and flee into cover. Fire Warriors (after advancing into rapid fire range) and Broadside shoot the Chosen to Pieces and Stealth Suits kill at least one more CSM from the Plasma Gun squad. Vespids jump out of the Concrete bunker and shoot at Raptor squad, only managing to kill one Raptor, then charge (in order not to be charged).

Chaos second turn. Maybe an even stronger turn for Chaos. Plasma gun CSM squad goes into the barbed wire, not knowing how they'll get anything done before they are mowed down. Manage to kill one Stealth Suit though. Winged Lord and Chosen advance towards, fire at and then Charge the Fire Warrior squad at the tau players left flank. CSM squad with Power Fist Champ charge into the already ongoing combat between Vespids and Raptors. Havocs shoot across the field at Fire Warriors, killing two and leaving the unit now at half strength. Both CC's end with the utter destruction of Tau units, consolitadion used to advance forward, Lord takes cover from Broadside (I know ... it's Khorne, what was I thinking?).

- Turn 3

Tau third turn. Remaining Fire Warriors and Broadside shoot at the remains of the Chosen, killing all but the Champion who fails leadership and begins running. Other Broadside kill all but the Plasma gun wielding CSM in the barbed wire which also fails leadership and runs off the table. Stealth Suits fire at Raptors, killing one, before going back into cover. First Crisis suit keeps picking at the havocs and running for cover.

Chaos Third turn. Lord returns to broadside for the Charge, Chosen Champ keeps running really slowly across the field. Raptors cross the field towards the Stealth suits while CSM move in between buildings towards the Fire Warriors. Havocs don't have targets so they nugde a little bit with a 2" difficult terrain roll. Lord trashes Broadside and Massavre Moves towards Chaos Deployment Zone, hoping to have time to catch up with that pestering Crisis suit. Raptors terminate Stealth suits and Consolidate into cover.


- Second Half Follows...

Solun Decius
20-05-2008, 18:13
...Part 2

- Turn 4

Tau fourth turn. Second Crisis suit deep strikes in, is placed in a safe distance from everything in the Quarter where the Chosen started and the Chaos Lord is now, hoping to catch the Lord between Rapid fire from Fire Warriors and itself. Scatter Dice redefine "safe distance" with double 6's and an arrow pointing straight at the nearest table edge. Ended about 2" off the table. Not much of interrest happens but Crisis Commander moves closer to Broadside to ward off Raptors. Braodside kills a Havoc.

Chaos fourth turn. Raptors jump in between Crisis Commander and Broadside. Lord Jumps towards Deployment zone to help out havocs. CSM walk towards Fire Warriors for the Charge. Havocs fire at Broadside getting one proper Missile Launcher hit, 1 wound. Raptors fire at Broadside, Melta scores wound, Broadside annihilated. CSM go in for the charge and Kill all but one fire warrior which flees.

Pestering little Crisis suit. you can also see the Chosen chump trying to flee towards the deployment zone. Lord behind house, coming towards it aswell.

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/7123/nFY7f3.jpg

- Turn 5

Tau fifth turn. The battle is basically lost but Crisis Commander goes for one last heroic move and Charges the Raptors. As the have no power Weapon, and he has 2 chield drones, he might stand a chance. Kills one Raptor, making unit less than half strength, loses one Shield drone.

Chaos fifth turn. Havocs move a bit in towards the Crisis suit, as does the Lord. Not much range or LOS so nothing happens. CSM with Power Fist Champ Charge into Crisis Commander and Raptors and finish him off. He still got his attacks as the last wound was inflicted by the Champion.

http://imageshack.com/a/img922/4229/ml8UDO.jpg

- Turn 6

Tau sixth Turn. Crisis suit moves in for last attempt at killing Lord with Rapid fire Plasma Rifle. Two Plasma Wounds and a failed armor save would do the trick ... but that doesn't happen. Instead he can't bail out of Jump unit charge range.

Chaos Sixth Turn. CSM hold Tau Deployment Quarter for 500 points. Havocs move over to the adjacent Quarter for an extra 250 but at the same time give Tau the chance of an extra 500 if the Lord can't deliver. Can he deliver ???

Behold!

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/136/1Z2dud.jpg

More painting later, sorry for the off topic junk!

Cassarus
20-05-2008, 18:54
great battle report, and a really awesome looking army!

Cheers

Tonberry
20-05-2008, 18:54
Ridiculously large icon, I love it ! Great, crisp painting, keep up the good work.

Solun Decius
21-05-2008, 00:09
great battle report, and a really awesome looking army!


Ridiculously large icon, I love it ! Great, crisp painting, keep up the good work.

Thanks guys. Iīm really looking forward to painting that Icon Bearing Terminator. Gotta finish some more Marines first though.

Played some Combat Patrol tonight, massacred an Ork Horde. I still found some time in between to do some highlights. Those three halfpainted chosen are getting closer to completion, woo!

Solun Decius
24-05-2008, 18:13
Finally I got these three finished.

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/7443/R3vq5U.jpg

I now have 7 marines and 5 termies left ... and the Lord.
Gotta descend down to the dungeon and get those marines primed.

In order to further push this project on I signed this army up for a local tournament 4 weeks from now, at Sunday, the 22nd of June.

Finishing 13 models in four weeks shouldn't be that hard but I still want to give the Termies enough attention to paint them up as well or better than the Raptors. The Lord really needs to stand out, so that'll take a while too.

Wish me luck!

Satone
24-05-2008, 20:33
Damn looks good, any chance of a shot of your lord from the sides and back?

Mr Feral
24-05-2008, 20:55
Very nice! I like the way the colour placement switches between models, and the blue swishy effect on the power weapon is nice.

Cassarus
24-05-2008, 21:26
great work, I really like this blog!

Solun Decius
25-05-2008, 00:53
Damn looks good, any chance of a shot of your lord from the sides and back?
Thanks. I didn't think more shots of the lord were interresting while it's not painted properly but I'll snap a couple next time I've got the camera set up.


Very nice! I like the way the colour placement switches between models, and the blue swishy effect on the power weapon is nice.
Thank you man. Yeah, I think randomizing the color selection on the armor plates and trims sort of gives a little extra detail to the army when you look at it as a whole.
The blue effect switching sides of tha blade over the diagonal lines was sort of stolen from another forum thread somewhere. Too bad I can't find it to give credit. I changed it a bit and want it to look like electricity running/scrolling the length of the blade.


great work, I really like this blog!
Thanks. Please keep checking the updates.

I've got 7 more marines primed now. I'm gonna try to put some proper time into this tomorrow!

Solun Decius
01-06-2008, 12:39
I made OK progress on the last 7 marines last weekend, although I find it hard to concentrate through 5+ model assembly-line painting. I just end up kind of painting random colors on random marines, going back and forth through the models and the paint pots, so I don't end up saving much time at all.

Anyway, I got little sidetracked and assebled a Rhino. Also primed it and painted the interior so I could glue it together.

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/241/gWERya.jpg

I decided to leave everything black except the particular pieces of detail. That way they would stick out more when it's being looked at, since it will be sort of dark in there. I also left alot of black in the recesses of the gargoyle heads and tried to get strong contrast into the highlighting, rather than a smooth blend. A smooth blend wouldn't really cut through in a dimly lit place like that.

And here it is all glued, except the left outer door which I will glue ajar so you can see the interior through the smashed inner door.

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/91/jeJ2Tt.jpg

I've got the gold and the red and brown base coats on the marines. It shouldn't be long until they are done.

In the meantime I'd appreciate public opinion on two things:

1. I'll paint the main part of the Rhino's armor red and black, like the marines. I'm just not sure how to split it and which color should be more dominant. What to do, what to do ??

2. I was thinking about painting the Lord's armor almost entirely in a light brownish bone style color, similar to the right shoulder pads and the knee caps of the Raptors. I guess I'm looking for either "Wow, great idea!" or "Oh noes!!! Dude totally HAS to be red and black like the rest of them!"

Thanks for looking and happy painting!

Death Korp
01-06-2008, 16:11
1. If you look at how GW have painted their Red Corsair Veichles, you should do it like theirs, except paint the doors black, to keep in the 'lots of black' theme.

2. I think it would work better if you painted him the same as the rest of your army, but adding some browny bits too to him like the raptors would be awsome.

Nice painting!

DK

HaraldurTrausti
01-06-2008, 17:18
Your marines are coming along nicely. I really like what you've done with interior in the rhino. Keep up the good work. =)

Raellos
02-06-2008, 05:17
These marines are fantastic. Very inspiring, especially as I have a deadline myself (the end of the week)!

Loketh Latheliu
02-06-2008, 05:56
Great looking army! I wish you luck getting that banner in a transport case.

Solun Decius
02-06-2008, 11:12
Proper update time!
But first thing first:


1. If you look at how GW have painted their Red Corsair Veichles, you should do it like theirs, except paint the doors black, to keep in the 'lots of black' theme.
I checked that out. Think I might actually go for something close to an invertion on that. Main hull black but beveled areas and details red.
'Lots of black' was also not intentional, it was supposed to be more 'random red-black'. Looking at this latest batch of marines these particular models actually have 'lots of red' in them. They are also not Red Corsairs. They do have red and black main armor colors but the minis are not limited to these two colors, with golden, brownish and metal trims and such (I have to give my army a name and some fluff in order to stop ranting about them not being red corsairs :D).

2. I think it would work better if you painted him the same as the rest of your army, but adding some browny bits too to him like the raptors would be awsome.
Thanks for the input. I guess have 'till I finish the Termies to decide on this. Would be nice to get more input from the peeps.


Your marines are coming along nicely. I really like what you've done with interior in the rhino. Keep up the good work. =)
Thanks! Will do. And you can come check it out locally at Nexus on the day of the tournament (since we seem to be in the same general part of the world).


These marines are fantastic. Very inspiring, especially as I have a deadline myself (the end of the week)!
Thank you very much, and good luck on the Legion!


Great looking army! I wish you luck getting that banner in a transport case.
Uh ... yeah, that! ... doo, doodoo ... I guess I'll have to designate a rather big area of foam to that single model. That, however, depends on me actually getting myself a proper army case and giving up on the old shoebox (not recommended)

And now for the real thing
I decided to take four of the half-finished marines and push them over the finish line last night (with the proper assembly line method, no less). Three would have been safer and given me a proper nights sleep but this way there's less left.
I threw this picture together after 1 o'clock this morning but I think I'll make a higher resolution, closer one of the marines with bionic eyes. I'm really pleased with those two.

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/2922/61Hi7V.jpg

This means:
10 marines down, 3 left.
Then 5 Termies and a Lord!

As always, thanks for looking and feel free to rant on my thread.
The two questions above still stand!

Cassarus
02-06-2008, 11:57
Great work, as usual Solun Decius!
I just can't wait to see those terminators painted.. Might just be that I desperately wants to get some own termies to play with;)

Cheers

Solun Decius
02-06-2008, 20:35
Great work, as usual Solun Decius!
I just can't wait to see those terminators painted.. Might just be that I desperately wants to get some own termies to play with;)
Yeah! I'm really itching to get them into battle myself. They'll really give proper variety to the army.

I've got nothing new but i wanted to put higher resolutioin images of those last marines. More resolution is actually not that flattering to my painting skills but I just really liked those bionic eye models.

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/4831/iR7Sgr.jpg

I'm going to go out on a limb here and post a close up. All it really shows is my sloppy highlighting of the black armor and backpack but I think the face and helmet came out pretty nice. Bear in mind that you are viewing this around tenfold the miniature's actual height.


1. I'll paint the main part of the Rhino's armor red and black, like the marines. I'm just not sure how to split it and which color should be more dominant. What to do, what to do ??

2. I was thinking about painting the Lord's armor almost entirely in a light brownish bone style color, similar to the right shoulder pads and the knee caps of the Raptors. I guess I'm looking for either "Wow, great idea!" or "Oh noes!!! Dude totally HAS to be red and black like the rest of them!"
Just to repeat myself if anybody has an opinion :)

tinfoil
02-06-2008, 20:43
Very clean work. Great painting and an visually effective scheme.

Mr Feral
02-06-2008, 20:46
Don't worry, you're painting holds up well with the hi-res close-ups. The only thing I would say is that the gold looks a bit flat, so an ink wash or something might sort that one out.

Solun Decius
03-06-2008, 16:44
Very clean work. Great painting and an visually effective scheme.

Don't worry, you're painting holds up well with the hi-res close-ups.
Thanks guys. I appreciate hearing (uh...reading!) that, although I feel I have to practice some blending for gradient highlights. Not that I'm not happy with the extreme yellow straight on orange and red highlight. It makes the helmets look sharp and looks rather nifty on the tabletop.


The only thing I would say is that the gold looks a bit flat, so an ink wash or something might sort that one out.
Yeah, the gold is just shining gold straight on, counting on the metallic paint to do it's own thing. I need to do tests for some more rugged looking gold and bronze.

Thanks, everyone, for looking. Opinions always enjoyed.

Solun Decius
05-06-2008, 09:28
No paint but I felt the Icon Termie was somewhat lacking. That long pole seemed a little plain so I added some ornaments around the "handle". The top of the pole was also rather unimpressive. I think he's ready now but I won't prime him just yet.

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/2152/kD6jhf.jpg

I also based all of the termies and drilled out the barrels. These three are just waiting for the spray can of black doom.

http://imageshack.com/a/img922/6991/naQj4q.jpg


Since I had the green stuff and termie action going on I decided to do a little work on my Nurgle Lord. He'll be part of another army that I've put on hold until I finish this project. I guess I can consider this a teaser for my next project log:
http://imageshack.com/a/img923/3042/PTMrOy.jpg

This project is admittedly rather low on conversions, since the goal is getting 1500 pts ready on time. The next one, however, will be anything but!

Cassarus
05-06-2008, 09:37
I love that banner, awesome work there!
And ah, going over to the right side finally, good looking nurgle lord, but I think the head needs some nurglification.

Cheers

Solun Decius
05-06-2008, 12:12
And ah, going over to the right side finally, good looking nurgle lord, but I think the head needs some nurglification.

Haha! Actually my affiliation has always been with Grandpa Nurgle. I made my Plague Marine squad first thing when I started 40K again last year. After working on this army as a semi-unmarked/mixed army I decided I had to give proper homage to old Pap N! I'd take this army to the fast 1500 and then take my time to do an all converted, pure Nurgle Marked army. That is, however, more of a long term plan :eek:

The GS on the Lord is still WIP. If I do more than 2 or 3 areas at once I always stick my fingers in one that is ready and ruin it. I'll definetly do something on the head but my GS skills aren't good enough to risk ruining the face on that great model but I will carefully select pestilent colors for the paint job on the skin!

HaraldurTrausti
05-06-2008, 13:14
Woah! Those terminators look really cool. I really like the 'tail?' on the Lord! Keep up the good work! =)

Mr Feral
05-06-2008, 13:26
Nice Green Stuff work there SD, must....resist....Terminators.... ;)

The Nurgle Lord is an interesting concept as well, I'm intrigued by the Space marine corpse and the connecting pipe. Do you have any particular colour scheme in mind?

Solun Decius
05-06-2008, 14:04
Thanks mr. Feral!


Do you have any particular colour scheme in mind?

I'll paint the lord in the same color scheme as the Plague marines I have already done. It's a sort of whithered brownish color with green gore flowing over in places. Here are some photos of the one complete Squad:

(broken links removed)
Champion and special weapons
Plain ol' Plaguies
Whole squad!

I have a full box set of 30 of those twenty year old models still on sprues that I got off ebay. That'll be the bulk of my Nurgle force along with a heavily converted old style (Mk I) Land Raider and some Rhinos.

Mr Feral
05-06-2008, 14:14
You're using the old Beakies? Excellent!

For the paint scheme I might suggest you add a dash of purple for a few details, does wonders when used with a deep green colour like yours.

Solun Decius
06-06-2008, 00:55
You're using the old Beakies? Excellent!

For the paint scheme I might suggest you add a dash of purple for a few details, does wonders when used with a deep green colour like yours.

Hah! Yeah, Nurgle beakies FTW!
I think I should try to get the hang of proper purple guts and stuff. If you look at the Flamer and Plasma gun models they have some gut wounds and bones sticking out with purple patches of flesh, drybrushed over with Rotting Flesh. Rather crude paintjob there but I should probably work more purple and maybe more of the green color into later models.
The Lord is also a more detailed model than my converted plague marines so the paint job and color scheme on him will have to be more complex.

Thanks everyone for checking this out. Feel free to comment.

Solun Decius
07-06-2008, 01:12
Not much new but I just love how models look when thay are primed. No color difference between different plastics, GS, pewter and sand. The models sort of become whole. I threw a few objective markers in since I had the spray can up anyway.

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/8138/AujHqN.jpg

I then went on to use a whole paint session to do this:

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/599/bpjn2v.jpg

A single head!

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/7425/HQM6aQ.jpg

I think I got the color scheme that I had in mind right but maybe the paint job isn't smooth enough. Then again, this photo is blown out of proportion so you can see detail that can't be seen easily on the model in real life.
However, I do want this to look like a mutated helmet rather than an actual demon face.
How do you guys see it in regards to that and what could i do to improve it?

I suddenly felt like this photo had to be taken. It's my "portable" paint setup so I can be closer to actual people. Sitting alone in the dugeon gets sort of tired. I think there are a few things in this photo that can set off nostalgic trips in people over a certain age.
http://imageshack.com/a/img924/7272/o4COgm.jpg

I think I'll be free to do quite some painting this weekend so I'm hoping to finish some Termies. If I don't, I'm afraid my "1500 points by June 22nd" mark may be jeopardized!

Cassarus
07-06-2008, 01:20
mmm, old land raider and those old paint that never dried up, ah the memories.
and good work on the head, looks really sweet!

cheers

Mr Feral
07-06-2008, 10:09
Nice blending on the Terminator face, it should look great when finished. I don't have any massive suggestions on how to make it look more like a helmet, except to perhaps try and blend in the helmet colour in the reccesses of the face.

I'm intriuged by your objective markers, particualrly the one on the far left. Can we get some close-ups of those?

Solun Decius
08-06-2008, 02:30
A little progress on the Termie Champ.


mmm, old land raider and those old paint that never dried up, ah the memories.
Yes! Never dried up as in "Picked them up at my parents' storage room where they had been unused for around 15 years and started painting." I think 2 out of 40 or 50 pots were dried up. Only paint I've bought since I started painting again is Chaos Black and Skull White 'cos I wanted to make sure I had clean ones. Also bought a bunch of Chaos Black primer :rolleyes:


I'm intriuged by your objective markers, particualrly the one on the far left. Can we get some close-ups of those?
Yessiree! From left to right: Chaos Trophies, Life Support, Weapon Supply and "Chosen Armor".
http://imageshack.com/a/img922/7584/KCnugp.jpg

OK, I made a little progress on the Icon Bearing Termie. When doing special models like this it feels intuitive to completely finish parts of it rather than do base colors first, then 1st highlight on whole model etc. etc. Hence the completely unpainted arms and black areas.

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/7204/AibLiD.jpg

I'm doing three stage highlights on some of the metallics for the first time and experimenting with blending a bit. The metallics are much more interesting here than the flat gold and flat boltgun metal that I have been doing lately. I hope I can finish it tomorrow and get the full effect of what I believe is very much improved painting.

Question: Should I finish the red areas off with a sharp yellow highlight on corners like I've been doing on the marines?

Titan Wolfe
08-06-2008, 13:09
Yes ,yes ,yes, looking great .Best chaos army I've seen in ages and the conversions are absolutaly stunning .Great work keep it going.

Mr Feral
08-06-2008, 13:26
Very nice, the blending has worked out well. Great objective markers too!

As to answer your question, do it! (please?)

HaraldurTrausti
08-06-2008, 13:29
Wow, your icon bearer is coming along nicely. I think the red is good as it is and doesn't need the highlight.. but that's just me. =)

Cassarus
08-06-2008, 13:50
great painting!
well try the highlight out on him and show us!?!

tinfoil
08-06-2008, 14:14
The banner (and bearer) and Lord are extraordinary. Very well done. And I love the chosen army mini as well.
Too bad you don't have time for a lot of fancy conversions on this army. Those you have here are working really well.

Solun Decius
08-06-2008, 21:16
A real actual proper update. Still have 4 termies, 3 power armors and the Lord left. But this dude is a huge piece to have gotten out of the way (mostly).


Yes ,yes ,yes, looking great .Best chaos army I've seen in ages and the conversions are absolutaly stunning .Great work keep it going.
Wow! Thanks. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Your kind words inspired me to actually stick to it today and finish that Icon Bearer so I had something worth answering with :cool:


Very nice, the blending has worked out well. Great objective markers too!

As to answer your question, do it! (please?)

Wow, your icon bearer is coming along nicely. I think the red is good as it is and doesn't need the highlight.. but that's just me. =)

great painting!
well try the highlight out on him and show us!?!
Thanks guys! I decided to go for the yellow highlight but to be very careful with it. I think it came out really well. It's a lot less prominent than on the Raptors. It's still always the most scary part of painting each model. There's nothing you can ruin a good model with like a misplaced glob of bright yellow!


The banner (and bearer) and Lord are extraordinary. Very well done. And I love the chosen army mini as well.
Too bad you don't have time for a lot of fancy conversions on this army. Those you have here are working really well.
Thanks man! The fact that there are so many models straight out of the box is actually the reason it's even possible for me to have an army. Otherwise I'd be lost in making decisions about cutting and glueing or worse yet, would've given up already. This way I can play nice looking games and get feedback and encouragement from game buddies.

Thank you all for kind words.
Now I'm going to need some actual C&C
There are many things I'm really happy with. Better blending than I've ever done and great metallics IMO.
However, there are some things where I'm just at a loss! The banner pole, banner and icon. I just wasn't inspired when I was doing that. The power weapon parts of the lightning claws are OK but not exactly as I imagined them.
If you see other stuff thet's not working out please point it out. This is the best I've ever done but I want to keep improving so I wont be offended if you point stuff out.
I also haven't decided on the freehand on the banner so it's just a hanging piece of ... uh ... leather?

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/39/LI0uoE.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img922/8540/kdzLt8.jpg

I like hearing it if you like my stuff but don't be shy to be critical. I need ideas to improve.

Cassarus
08-06-2008, 23:06
I simply love it!
You've made an awesome paint job so far!

Cheers

Titan Wolfe
09-06-2008, 00:08
Solun your work is to be commended,very impressed .A whole army to this standard will look amazing ,though from time to time will become a total pain.......stick with it my friend ,will be well worth it in the end.

bluebugs
09-06-2008, 00:32
wow. The conversions here are awesome, keep it going!

Solun Decius
09-06-2008, 13:54
I simply love it!
You've made an awesome paint job so far!

Solun your work is to be commended,very impressed .A whole army to this standard will look amazing ,though from time to time will become a total pain.......stick with it my friend ,will be well worth it in the end.

wow. The conversions here are awesome, keep it going!
Thank you all!
I'm really satisfied with the overall look of the Icon Termie Champion but I'm going to have to keep the pace up now. It'd be lame to do the rest of the Termies and not try to do them as well as this one. I hope I can do it in less than two weeks. I'm still gonna stick to my old standard on the last Power Armor marines with flat metallics and sharp non-blended highlights. They'll be part of bigger units anyway.

To sum up what I've got left:
3 Marines half painted (Lascannon, Autocannon & Bolter)
4 Termies primed (Reaper Autocannon & Chainfist & 3 TLd Bolter & PW)
1 Lord primed (Wings, Power Fist & Plasma Pistol)

It's not looking too good with my style of sitting and watching my models instead of actually painting them (and constantly wondering what other cool stuff I could also do).

HaraldurTrausti
09-06-2008, 17:04
That Icon Bearer looks amazing! I really like him and about the highlights.. I was wrong they came out very well. I think the claws didn't turn out as good as the rest of the terminator.. but splendid job anyway. =)

ReaperOfSouls
09-06-2008, 21:04
Really nice army you have there! I especially like that icon bearer. Any that you'll share how you painted that "hanging piece of leather"-thingy? :)

Solun Decius
10-06-2008, 12:29
That Icon Bearer looks amazing! I really like him and about the highlights.. I was wrong they came out very well. I think the claws didn't turn out as good as the rest of the terminator.. but splendid job anyway. =)
Yeah, I think the extreme highlights are just the right amount here.


Really nice army you have there! I especially like that icon bearer. Any that you'll share how you painted that "hanging piece of leather"-thingy? :)
Sure! It's basically just Bestial Brown and Snakebite Leather. I started by painting Bestial Brown on with watered down paint. The paint was thin enough so that I needed a few passes to get the color strong enough. That way the recesses that I leave black have a little gradient 'cos I don't go exactly as close to them each time. So now you have a Bestial Brown patch of leather with black in the recesses and shadows.
Now I really thinned down SnakeBite Leather and painted thin lines everywhere I thought should be highlighted, edges, top of creases and so forth. Then I painted those same areas again and again always painting them a bit wider. The paint was thin enough to just leave a little amount of color each time and I wiped the brush off as well so it wouldnt be too wet. I did this until I had covered basically all of the Bestial Brown but each time I started a new pass I would start with the lines I painted first so they would always get a little extra SnakeBite leather and end up pretty much in that color while the shadows were still fairly close to Bestial brown.

I could probably come out better if you do it first with a Black/Bestial Brown mix, the BB then BB/SL mix, then SL, and even a highlight after that.

There is actually another horrible paint job under that with Snakebite leather and some bleached bone and Chestnut ink. I don't think that comes through in my final version but I guess it might add a little randomness through the layers.

Blah ... long post about applying two brown paints!

Dictator
10-06-2008, 12:43
Beautiful army, I am very impressed with the offwhite on the shoulder pad of the icon bearer. The shading is just awesome. Keep up the awesome work, plEASE!!!!

ReaperOfSouls
11-06-2008, 16:21
Yeah, I think the extreme highlights are just the right amount here.


Sure! It's basically just Bestial Brown and Snakebite Leather. I started by painting Bestial Brown on with watered down paint. The paint was thin enough so that I needed a few passes to get the color strong enough. That way the recesses that I leave black have a little gradient 'cos I don't go exactly as close to them each time. So now you have a Bestial Brown patch of leather with black in the recesses and shadows.
Now I really thinned down SnakeBite Leather and painted thin lines everywhere I thought should be highlighted, edges, top of creases and so forth. Then I painted those same areas again and again always painting them a bit wider. The paint was thin enough to just leave a little amount of color each time and I wiped the brush off as well so it wouldnt be too wet. I did this until I had covered basically all of the Bestial Brown but each time I started a new pass I would start with the lines I painted first so they would always get a little extra SnakeBite leather and end up pretty much in that color while the shadows were still fairly close to Bestial brown.

I could probably come out better if you do it first with a Black/Bestial Brown mix, the BB then BB/SL mix, then SL, and even a highlight after that.

There is actually another horrible paint job under that with Snakebite leather and some bleached bone and Chestnut ink. I don't think that comes through in my final version but I guess it might add a little randomness through the layers.

Blah ... long post about applying two brown paints!

Thanks a lot. I'll have to give that a try when I get around to continue painting my skaven some day :)

Solun Decius
17-06-2008, 11:34
Long time, no update!
The Termies are coming along nicely but I'm painting them all at the same time so no one's ready to post. I felt a sudden urge to finish off the last three Power Armor marines and that's now a small load of my back.


Beautiful army, I am very impressed with the offwhite on the shoulder pad of the icon bearer. The shading is just awesome. Keep up the awesome work, plEASE!!!!

Thanks man. I'm very pleased with that blending so I'm going to try to have all the termies shoulders like that.

Sooo ... more than a week passed and this is all I have to show for it. I guess I've got this marine paint scheme pretty much just the way I like it. Funny to think that I'll probably never paint it again on a regular Power Armor CSM.

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/3229/aZaBtW.jpg

I painted up a symbol on the small shoulder flag on the Lascannon marine. This is my basic symbol sketch for the renegade chapter Oblitus Cruor.
<broken link - can't find original>

It'd be nice to know if I'm unknowingly ripping someone off with the name or symbol. Feedback on that would be cool.
I'm going to put it on the huge banner too. I'm going for something like this:
<broken link - can't find original>

When I look at the banner now it suddenly isn't that huge anymore :(
Hope I can make this fit.

Titan Wolfe
17-06-2008, 12:09
Solun Decius my friend ,you are becoming a shining light for me with chaos . I currently have 2500pts of a part painted slanneesh army .Built for the old codex, fell out with them on the new .However , an undivided army ,as yours .....we will see ? Nightlords really do appeal ,they are begining to sneak out of the box and its all your fault ,well and Alexh with his Iron Warriors .
Mmmm .......must decide.......what do you think Chaos Master....lol:D

Solun Decius
17-06-2008, 14:20
Nightlords really do appeal ,they are begining to sneak out of the box and its all your fault ,well and Alexh with his Iron Warriors .
:D Titan Wolfe, your comments always make my day.
I'll never discourage anyone to turn to the dark side ... but those Sons of Odin need a'paintin'!
I realized I hadn't commented on your thread after the last update but that is seriously cool stuff. Especially the faces, and the Space Wolf models have plenty of those!
The Night Lords, of course, have great fluff and a cool paint scheme. You're also pretty much free to pick anything out of the codex without being "unfluffy", except for the specialist legion troops, I guess, so they'll be fun to do with the current codex.
You will not have as many faces to paint, which is a shame, because you do them justice.
I'm going for a renegade type army here, not completely warped by chaos, but leaning more towards the bloodlust of Khorne. No Deamon types or sorcerers.
The Nurgle Lord however is part of a project that will certainly be completely, over the top, warped by chaos.
What I also like about Chaos is the chance to do random conversions and mix the paint jobs up a bit. Since you're doing Space Wolf types you pretty much have that freedom too. Actually I'd think Night Lords are actually a "cleaner" army than the loyalists you're doing now.
Anyway, I'd love to see you paint up some NLs, as long as SoO don't suffer to much for it ;)

Solun Decius
19-06-2008, 01:26
Here's one!

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/1319/z2YAS0.jpg

Let me know if I've overlooked something on the model or made some horrible mistake! Just realized while writing this and looking at the photo that I forgot the Chestnut ink detailing I was going to do on the tusks.
Might add some wisdom and more photos tomorrow. Need sleep now!

Solun Decius
19-06-2008, 09:46
Well! A nights sleep didn't fill me up with wisdom, but I have a plan. I'm still registered for a tournament Sunday (June 22nd) ... and I still have three Termies left ... and the Lord.
The termies all have their basecoats done. Scull and bone parts are also finished and the gold parts are more or less ready except for the last highlight on the more yellow gold parts on the legs and "collar".
I managed to take one termie from that state to completion yesterday night AND watch the game.
Hmmm ... for some reason I felt like the quarter finals didn't start until Saturday so I would be able to finish two termies tonight. I kind of have to finish two tonight anyway. Then the last one should be easy on Friday evening (tomorrow) and I can maybe start putting base coats on the Lord. That might take a while since I have to decide what colors to put where.
This plan should leave me with more or less all Saturday to finish the Lord. Saturday's game will probably be a good one so I can't miss that.
Would've been nice to have an extra day to let the Lord breathe between sessions and to gather my senses. I guess this is alway what happens around deadline time.
I'm counting on warseerers (?) to egg me on and to reprimand me if I'm not getting stuff done every day.

Titan Wolfe
19-06-2008, 10:53
Keep it going my friend .......they are as usual ,to a fantastic standard......"AAARRRGGGHH!!! Chaos is a calling .....the god of Slaanesh draws me near "

Death Korp
19-06-2008, 12:38
'Paint or die mortal'

There we go. You've been warned :D

Really cool models BTW, i really want to sit down and paint some of my own Chaos lads :)

DK

Solun Decius
19-06-2008, 19:43
Keep it going my friend
Must ... consentrate ... !!!


'Paint or die mortal'
Yesss, thanks! That's what I need.

Thanks for looking, I'm very confident that I'll have an update tonight!

SD

Solun Decius
20-06-2008, 01:32
I try not to post too much unfinished stuff but I'm fairly pleased with my progress so I'm letting these last three termies slip through in various stages of halfpainted.

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/7995/o7zwQ2.jpg

Also I realized I had left one out of each stage of red, at least on the back, so here's my red paint scheme:

http://imageshack.com/a/img922/2848/msgea2.jpg

1: Terracotta - Chaos Black mix
2: Terracotta
3: Blood Angel Orange
4: Yellow edges (thought it was Sunburst Yellow but might be the even brighter Bad Moon yellow)

The off-white on the two Champions' shoulders alone took a large part of tonight's session. Even though they are far from finished I think, considering the time things take, I'm well past halfway! All gold ready. All serious blending done, except for the red on two of them but that's much easier than the off-white. Faces of the Champions might be a wild card. All things considered I'm fairly confident I'll finish the lot of them tomorrow.

Titan Wolfe
20-06-2008, 09:31
The finish and colour scheme you have come up with is absolutally spot on .Will be great to be on the other side of the table facing this lot .It will look immence......cool work my friend .

alexh
20-06-2008, 09:37
Here's one!

http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/6925/terminator1fa8.jpg



That's one of the best looking terminators I've seen. I especially like the power axe.

Solun Decius
20-06-2008, 13:47
Will be great to be on the other side of the table facing this lot .
I really am looking forward to taking some full army photos this weekend when it will (hopefully) be ready!


That's one of the best looking terminators I've seen. I especially like the power axe.
Thanks! And yes, I've been experimenting a bit with the power weapons in this army and I think this is by far my best one.
Might have to spice up the shaft a bit though. It's sort of flat.

Highlighting the terminator helmet is actually some of the most fun I've had painting :) I might go someday and buy a full squad of loyalist Terminators, just to get to paint the helmets. They are so responsive to each highlight step and the "face" really jumps out!

VikingThor
20-06-2008, 16:11
Love the eyes on those termies. I did the same on my 5th company. But yours really POP.

tinfoil
20-06-2008, 18:22
Outstanding work. Somehow your painting creates really vivid effects without being too cartoony or over-the-top. Well done.

Solun Decius
21-06-2008, 03:16
Love the eyes on those termies. I did the same on my 5th company. But yours really POP.
Thanks, the Termies' eyes are a bit larger and easier to do than regular marines bit I strive to make them just right because eyes can really make or break a model.


Outstanding work. Somehow your painting creates really vivid effects without being too cartoony or over-the-top. Well done.
Thanks! I appreciate your comment, I think it's exactly what I'm aiming at.
I'm trying to do sharp bright highlights so they stick out on the tabletop but also make the colors gradient and smooth for closer views and photos. The termies are my best shot at that yet.

I'm very close to completing the tree last termies. All I have left are the grey and yellow edge highlights and some mithril silver to spice up some of the metal parts. The faces on the two Termie Champions are also still unpainted, some lack of inspiration there.

I'm also looking forward to the Lord as it's a stand alone model, sort of, and not bound by matching other models in a unit. I think the process can be more creative and fun, so I might be able to finish it in one sitting :eek:

Solun Decius
22-06-2008, 02:25
Alright! I must confess that I have failed my deadline. I couldn't bring myself to rush the Lord just in order to use it in this tournament.
Instead I changed my list a little. I'm using the Icon Terminator Champion as a Lord in Terminator Armor with Lightning Claws, Mark of Khorne and personal Icon for 145 pts. Out of the army go the winged lord for 160 pts and the Icon dude as a Termie Champ for 80 pts. That means I have 95 pts to spare and that my termies are no longer Khorne marked.
I split up the bigger CSM squad and added an Aspiring Chamion with Power Fist and Plasma Pistol, added a CSM model with Icon of Chaos Glory into the Lascannon-Missile Launcher squad and took a model from there into one of the CSM squads. I had both those models although I didn't mean to use them in this particular army. They fit in well enough though and the list is still 1499 pts and completely WYSIWYG.

Here is the complete squad of Terminators:

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/4868/iR4qRs.jpg

My ad-hoc photo-studio:

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/8863/jtypqT.jpg

The Terminator Champion with Lightning Claws and Icon of Khorne:

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/1305/0AaVdy.jpg

Similar photos of the rest of the squad follow in another post.

Solun Decius
22-06-2008, 02:28
Terminator Champion with Reaper Autocannon and Chainfist:

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/5570/xw8hHP.jpg

Chaos Terminator Champion:

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/1017/ZjfAVs.jpg

Chaos Terminator:

http://imageshack.com/a/img922/9930/poDLaa.jpg

Chaos Terminator:

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/7141/6xjUmp.jpg

Tournament tomorrow. Wish me luck!

... and please point out to me if you see spots I missed or what not.

bluebugs
22-06-2008, 04:48
Wow, that terminator squad is beautiful! You do the models great justice. And that banner turned out perfectly. In your first pic, your GS had fingerprints in it, but you covered it up very well.

Mr Feral
22-06-2008, 11:38
Very nice indeed, I have nothing constructive to say so a thumbs up from me!

alexh
22-06-2008, 11:50
Good luck in the tournament Solun. If there is any justice, you will win 'best painted army'. I'd never really been a fan of extreme highlights until I saw those terminators but that yellow looks fantastic against the red.

Titan Wolfe
23-06-2008, 10:32
Solun ...."GO GET EM DUDE!!!" if you dont get the best painted army ,the one that beats you will have been painted by Leonardo Da Vinci . The Terminators have got to be the most mouth watering models I have seen in ages . Photography is done to the same standard .. ......Look forward to seeing more of your future projects .

Anardakil
23-06-2008, 10:53
I think the banner is too big but otherwise - great terminators! :)

Blizer
23-06-2008, 12:24
Yes. I have to say it too. Those terminators are just so awesome!

The trmie banner is really well made. how dod you get in so smooth and thin?

/Blizer

Solun Decius
23-06-2008, 17:59
@bluebugs: Thank you. There's quite alot of thick paint underneath the final paintjob. I think the primer would have covered the prints well enough but I wanted to make sure :)

@Mr Feral: Thanks, Thumbs up alwas appreciated! :cool:

@Anardakil: From the start I set out to get as close to the "ridiculous" line as I could with the size of the banner, without it being clumsy. I can easily understand that some people may feel I crossed the line. :D

@Blizer: Thanks! It's no rocket science. i just kept my fingers wet and squeezed it into shape. When I felt it was thin enough and the right size and shape I hung it onto the banner pole. It took a few attempts before I was happy. I tore the edges of the banner while it was still wet but I fixed the parts where it hangs on the pole with new green stuff later after it had dried.

@Titan Wolfe & alexh
Thanks guys! Actually, due to good weather and summer vacations I guess, not enough people showed up to do the tournament properly (So also no best painted armie vote). Instead five of us used the game room to play sort of an Apocalypse game. No super heavies but huge armies. Two players woth Space Wolves and Ultramarines could make their armies 2250 points each and play a 4500 point side, setting up at the center part of one long table edge (of a 6'x80' table) and the rest of us with Chaos (me), Tau and Tyranids set up 1500 point armies at the three remaining parts of the table, making them have to defend from three sides.
It looked something like this:
<broken link - can't find original>

Solun Decius
23-06-2008, 18:00
<broken links - can't find originals>

This game took at least over 5 hours but it was really fun.
The baneblade is used as a 2 point objective, scattered after deployment. There were 3 other 1 point objectives. We almost managed a 1-0 victory but a squad of Fire Warriors fled in the last turn so we lost the baneblade to the loyalists and lost the game 1-2.

Thanks, everyone for looking, C&C and all that!

Dictator
23-06-2008, 18:06
Awesome battle shots and great looking terminators. I really like your style of painting.

alexh
23-06-2008, 18:15
Actually, due to good weather and summer vacations I guess, not enough people showed up to do the tournament properly (So also no best painted armie vote).

Never mind, there's always next time. It seems like you had a great time anyway though even if you did lose in the end (stupid Tau :D).

SplitJoin
23-06-2008, 19:16
Hi,

I've been following this log for a bit now (in *ahem* no-account stealth mode as it were) as a fellow CSM owner.

Deeply envious of the crackling power weapons on your terminators - I certainly don't have the finesse for that level of detail. Also true of your helmet eyes. Do you have any special tricks to painting that detail, or is it simply a case of a very, very steady hand?

Also kudos to the lack of railings on their backs. I can't stand how the trophy racks look on them - as if they accidentally fell into a fence and couldn't be bothered to remove them afterwards.

What next perhaps? A Defiler? :)

LordKhaine
23-06-2008, 19:39
loving the terminators! and that banner is great, just one problem with it though


i bet you have fun trying to transport it lol :D

Solun Decius
23-06-2008, 20:55
@Dictator: Thanks dude, I appreciate the compliment. My painting has improved lately. Who knows, I might sometime be confident enough myself to take on FW models (with FW price tags, don't want to ruin those with a sloppy paint job).

@alexh: Yeah, we had great fun, and the game was decided more or less on one unlucky leadership roll :rolleyes:

@LordKhaine: That problem is very real and I don't feel particularly good when that model isn't safe in it's spot at home. I'll buy a proper army case soon and just sacrifice as much foam space as I need for it to be safe.

@SplitJoin: Welcome to the forums and thanks for the kind words.
Actually I don't have a very steady hand (not rediculously shaky either). The trick (or at least my trick), with details like the eyes and also the crackling power weapons is to thin the paint down enough so that one pass won't be enough to get the color strong enough. That actually means I have to paint the eye more than once, giving a greater chance of missing. It also means that if I miss by a small margin it wont be very obvious and if I miss alot (but not always in the same direction) the point I want strong will be strong and then I'll have a gradient of less prominent color around. It also means I dont have to trust my unsteady hand to put a perfect dot in one spot. Instead I actually paint the yellow in the eye by dragging the brush repeatedly from the corner of the eye to the spot that I want to be the brightest.
The same goes for the power weapon detail. If I draw the same lines a few time with weak color I'll get a little gradient. Using two or three different shades of blue in the detail also help give an impression of light and gradients, even if they are not neccecarily highlighting each other directly.
Bottom line: hours and hours have gone into these models!
The trophy racks I found rather generic chaosy as well. It didn't fit my vision for the army veterans.

Well. I have to paint the Winged Lord. Since I was down at the store yesterday I also bought one bloodcrusher, for the juggernaut model, and one loyalist Space Marine Commander. I wish to use this to make a Chaos Lord on Juggernaut with Single Lightning Claw and twin linked bolter.
I also have a defiler from the army box and thought I might make some nice conversion out of that, maybe using the bloodletter from my new bloodcrusher box to make it properly daemonic and Khornate. Also the Rhino still only has the interior painted.
Plenty of stuff to do here but when I finish the Lord I'll probably chill out on painting for a while and do some modeling and converting.

Anyway ... enough of this constant blahblah...
Thanks for checking out my stuff, please come again :D

Solun Decius
05-07-2008, 01:00
Well, long time, no...thing!
I'm still working on my HQ problem. I've finished this 1500 army, all except a proper HQ unit. Instead of painting my winged lord like I should have, I started some modeling work on a different Lord. Actually it was nice to take a break from painting and do some assembling and modeling for a while.

Unpainted white metal and green stuff is never easy to photograph or see what really looks like and these are probably also too many photos of the same thing. That said I'm giving alot of angles on this so you can sort of see what I'm going for and have something to base your criticism (please :angel:) on.

I'm doing more detailed green stuff stuff on this than I've done before and the gun hand is also pinned so I will paint 5 different guns and have a selection (I'm very WYSIWIG so this is the only way for me to have options).

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/3172/WIgCX7.jpg

Green stuff always looks like gore and goo but this is meant to be like roughly hewn metal trims or such, probably to be painted in reds and golds.

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/6350/AgUJrf.jpg

Heres a photo of the two pieces. I'll probably leave them apart and just place the lord on the juggernaut's back when I play games. Also pictured is my primary sculpting tool, a bunch of toothpicks.

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/5073/z8lDw3.jpg

So ... people! Should I just finish the base, prime this and get to painting, or could this model use a little more time in the modeling phase? Does it have what it takes to be LORD and not just "spiced up space marine"?

synapse
05-07-2008, 01:21
that terminator standard bearer is awesome! great colours too. a bit brown (not red enough for me) but very well done!

and that rearing jugger is really cool (i sure hope thats pinned to the base!)

Solun Decius
05-07-2008, 11:02
Thanks.
Yeah, it's actually only pinned, not glued, with part of a metal spure glued under the base and reinforced with green stuff and superglue. My first pinning/glueing actually wasn't quite sturdy enough so I tore it apart and put a steel pin into the hoof, from one of the pinboard tacks you see in the right of the bottom picture. Now I can work seperately on the Juggernaut and the base.
I also have to give props to warflag for reminding me that I had to do this model.

Mr Feral
05-07-2008, 13:32
About the Lord, nice!

It's hard to make out what you've done with the GS on the detailing, so I'll reserve judgment until it's painting time for you, but it looks rather fancy form what I can see.

The pose for the Juggernaut though :eek:, that is clearly going to be made of awesome and win when it's done. What colour scheme have you proposed for the beast? I personally reckon that something other than the classic red and bronze would go down a treat. How about a colour scheme like your Terminators, red and black with bone trim? That'll be striking as you like.

Also, got anything good planned for the base? Some sharp rocky outcrops could work, or perhaps something more daemonic?

I'll stop gibbering now and let you get on with it. Looking forward to whatever you come up with :D

Titan Wolfe
05-07-2008, 18:26
Solun my friend .Yet another piece of supererb work in the offing ........will be awesome when finished.........can't wait . Heard that somewhere else ????

Solun Decius
14-07-2008, 23:04
Well, been travelling. I'd say sorry for the silence, but that'd mean I was expecting folks to be holding their breaths for my updates.

@Mr. Feral: Those are actually all things I'd given alot of thought so I'll give a little monologue on that (since you asked, thanks!).
The base I have planned out, the green stuff already there will be lava rock rising out of the ground around pools of molten lava, I'll model some more of those on the base. I'm not much for doing high pedestal bases but since I have the chance to use a base this size I feel I have to make something out of it.
I'm not as set on the Juggernaut paint scheme. I've seen at least one done like it had lava inside, kind of like a reverse highlight (can't find it now), black on the outside and bright in the recesses. I'm not sure I have the experience in source lighting needed to do that properly. The classic red and bronze/gold would fit in well with my army but I've had another idea cooking lately, probably influenced by your post. I might do the trims in gold or yellow/brownish metallics and the armor plates in red, maybe black and then select plates in bone, similar to the terminator shoulder pads. I might even paint the head in that off-white scheme.

@Titan Wolfe: Thanks man. Little progress right now but it'll be finished soon enough :)

I got my ArmyTransport today. Finally I can give the army a proper home!
5th ed, collectors edition, also arrived last week and will be delivered to my house tomorrow morning. Woo!

I'll be in Barcelona for a week, July 16th to 23rd. I'll actually be really close to the Games Workshop shop at:
C/ Muntaner 193, 08036 Barcelona, Spain

I don't know if there's a game room there but if anybody reads this, knows and/or wants to take a quick game you can post here or send a PM.

Solun Decius
23-07-2008, 13:52
Woo finished!

Abbaddon: Here Solun Decius, have a trophy!
Typhus: Here Solun Decius, have another trophy ... of flies!
Kharn: Here Solun Decius, have a blood and skulls pizza trophy!
The (false) emperor: Hooray! Three trophies for the chea... uhm .. Lor.. uhm ... of flies!

So ... hereīs the winged lord finally painted.
Itīs certainly been some time coming.
Iīm afraid I got sort of desperate in the last session and made some questionable color choices. The face and wings still strike me as kind of unfinished-ish but Iīll see if I canīt get used to it.

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/4935/U2NKhN.jpg

I guess this is the way it will be viewed most of the time so I tried to make the birds eye view impressive too.

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/1816/xVEV1v.jpg

I think I finally started this miniature because, since I started the new juggernaut riding lord, it didnīt call for as much perfection as before. Like the other winged character in the army, this one might eventually face being demoted to raptor champion and painting him was therefor a bit easier on the nerves.

Iīll take proper photos of the whole army, now that it is finished, when I get back home.

1500 points down, but this project log will keep rolling as I have a few things going on to add choices and eventually maybe take it to 2000 pts. I am, however going to shift my focus a bit more towards my slowly ongoing plague marine army (Project log coming up soon) and to the upcoming Tale of 40K Painter, where Iīll submit a small group of genestealers each month till the end of summer next year.

Please add your cents or pence (2 or more) as all critisism is welcome.

Mr Feral
23-07-2008, 13:57
I really like him, I think the use of the bone colour makes him stand out from the crowd. The pose and the Khorne symbol on his head looks great too.

Solun Decius
23-07-2008, 18:22
Thanks man. Yeah, the bone color on the PF and the Khorne Mark on the head are both things I had decided on aeons ago and had pretty well visualized.

I really like how all the weapons came out, Power Fist, Plasma Pistol and the sword hilts (although I now see I slipped a bit with a black brush there). All the details, chest mark and metallics Iīm happy with as well, and the red blending on the right shoulder pad.

However, I think the color of the wings might be a bit dark and lifeless. I also sort of need feedback on the color of the head and the style of the right leg (bone-ish color on cracked leg). How is it observed by someone who sees it for the first time?

Mr Feral
23-07-2008, 18:29
The leg is fine as it is, it brings out the detail of the cracks but the head could do with a few lighter highlights to emphasize the facial features. I find a red glaze under the eyes also works well for faces, shows off the eyes better.

As for the wings, same thing as I suggested for the face (lighter highlights), but some veins here and there might work too.

Solun Decius
25-07-2008, 20:21
Allright. I was too lazy too take proper photos of each unit right now but I snapped some of the army to view it as a whole.
These actually aren't that many models for a 1500 pts army but it's my first one and I'm proud of it!
http://imageshack.com/a/img923/9951/JeLYJ8.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img924/3015/PLa4Ic.jpg

Following are a bunch of photos of my key attack squads.
Regular CMS and Havocs squads are in the background.

I finally did the freehand on the banner so everything is finished, fair and square!
Here are Khorne Icon bearing Terminator and Raptor champions:
http://imageshack.com/a/img924/2921/1DwbWn.jpg

Khorne marked Lord and Khorne Icon bearing Chosen champion:
http://imageshack.com/a/img923/8360/KdjDxR.jpg

The Chosen:
http://imageshack.com/a/img923/5031/gcAzec.jpg

Solun Decius
25-07-2008, 20:25
Winged Lord and whole Terminator squad:
http://imageshack.com/a/img924/4669/iU5pH0.jpg

Chaos Raptors:
http://imageshack.com/a/img922/4177/XkJR4N.jpg

@Mr Feral: Thanks. I might try the red glaze, that's a trick I hadn't heard of. The lighter highlights are exactly what I was thinking too for the face and wings but I'm going to keep them this way for the time being. I was going to go for darker wings than the other ones and a daemonic color for the face. Maybe I got what I was aiming for and just have to get used to it :D

Titan Wolfe
25-07-2008, 23:17
Solun my good friend ......what can I say .......this lot should truly be an inspiration to all Chaos marine players .May your gaming success be as fruitful as your painting and modelling success

Anardakil
25-07-2008, 23:37
Now that's a good looking army : ) Great work!

RiiTz
26-07-2008, 10:04
Just love to see "finished" armies! GJ!

Solun Decius
26-07-2008, 14:06
Thanks everyone for checking it all out.
@Titan: I hope it will be. Might check out another monthly tourney tomorrow. I played the first 1500 point game with a regular gaming buddy who had gotten his Tau up to 1500 as well. It was also our first 5th ed game. It ended en a draw after both of us had lost all scoring units (we could have gone for wipeout in the last 2 turns but called it a night instead).
@Anardakil: I appreciate that, thanks!
@RiiTz: Yeah. It's the most rewarding thing, to stick something all the way through. I always like purposeful project logs myself and hope I managed to make mine that way.

This PL isn't quite over though. The edited first post has a list of some of the stuff I have yet to do here.
Now I'm going to prepare for another project log though, and don't forget to check out the tale of 40K painters that's starting around the end of the month in the general project logs board.

C&C still very welcome.

Solun Decius
28-07-2008, 14:13
Played a three game tourney yesterday. This time enough players showed to play the full tourney. I really enjoyed playing the objective missions in the new edition. Worrying only about objectives and not about surviving makes for fun tactical gameplay.
My first two games were very exiting to the last turn and I enjoyed them, although I did end up losing both.
The last game I lost as well but didn't enjoy as much. I deployed a bit to far away from a very shooty eldar force and never really got into the game.
I do like the new true line of sight rules but I believe terrain has to be designed a bit for them. My game club's terrain is designed as area terrain that used to be LoS blocking but has so many holes in it that it isn't any more. For power armor, cover has very little effect but for the eldar it can really help. So I spent my last game walking out in the open (practically) while being shot down with no place to hide. I didn't manage to properly finish off enough units this way, having a CC-oriented army, and so lost this kill point mission.

I think I might have to put my current game standing (5th ed - 1500 pts games) in my sig like some (rather more successful) players do:

W:0 T:1 L:3 :D

I did take away the prize for best painted army though.
Also the players I played in the first two, more exiting, games ended up in first and second place in the tourney so all in all I'm very happy with the games and with my army.

To add something worth seeing, here's a photo of my objective markers. Since 5th ed now has D3+2 objectives I'll probably have to add one. Any ideas?

Left to right: Chaos Trophies, Life Support, Weapon Supply and "Chosen Armor".
http://imageshack.com/a/img924/2602/WKNSbh.jpg

I hurried with them and just went for "terrain quality".
Also, the photo's are bit weird.

C&C always appreciated.

Solun Decius
03-08-2008, 17:30
Allright.

This is my own personal Project Log where I'll be posting my progress in the Tale of 40K Painters.

I originally made this as a WIP thread for Tyranid painters in the Tale of 40K Painters but the proper one is now here: http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=156002

For this year's Tale I'll be painting up a Genestealer Infestation.

Here's a photo of my material: 25 old style Space Hulk genestealers, 40 new genestealers, most of which are on sprues, and a Broodlord.
http://imageshack.com/a/img922/2681/l0p7au.jpg

I'll be doing the old-style stealers in a paint scheme much like the old Space Hulk Genestealer scheme.
35 of the new ones should end up with extended carapace in a paint scheme that draws inspirations from this:

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/3531/iIgTX5.jpg

The blue poison dart frog.
We'll see how that goes!

5 of the old stealers have missing hands or broken parts and will be converted, along with 5 of the new ones, into the Brood lord's retinue, with ext, carap., Scything Talons, Toxin sacs. ... the works. Same biomorphs on the Broodlord himself and maybe a variation on the paint scheme for that whole group. They'll be like a whole bunch of brood lord material, but only one of them the real thing, the rest ever so slightly ... uhm ... off!

I'm hoping for some criticism here and pointers on what I can do better. Good natured shout-outs are also welcome and appreciated.

Welcome to my log...

Solun Decius
03-08-2008, 17:34
I'll start this log with my two fresh test miniatures.
I'm doing a pure genestealer army with 3 main types of stealers and variation in paint scheme for them.

These test minis are the two schemes that will be most used:
Left: Old style Space Hulk stealer in more or less old style space hulk scheme.
Right: New style stealer with extended carapace painted in my "blue poison dart frog" scheme.

http://imageshack.com/a/img922/6206/JIrE3K.jpg

Scrutiny most welcome, really!

Solun Decius
03-08-2008, 21:24
Hahaha!
This is just as confusing as one could imagine after two people posting WIP threads for the same thing.

Your tyranids are seriously cool ReaperOfSouls but if you could edit button to copy your post from this thread to this one here (Tyranid WIP) (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=156002) this should be the last of this whole misunderstanding.

Thanks for posting, good painting but sorry for the inconvenience.

ReaperOfSouls
03-08-2008, 21:34
Hahaha!
This is just as confusing as one could imagine after two people posting WIP threads for the same thing.

Your tyranids are seriously cool ReaperOfSouls but if you could edit button to copy your post from this thread to this one here (Tyranid WIP) (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=156002) this should be the last of this whole misunderstanding.

Thanks for posting, good painting but sorry for the inconvenience.

lol, this explains everything. i just posted here, then went on to my own log and posted. Then when I went back to check the tyranids wip log my post wasn't there, but there's 2 of them :O

Solun Decius
03-08-2008, 22:09
Thanks dude.
Now I'm off to painting so this Project Log can become something of interest!

Thanks everyone for looking.

McMullet
03-08-2008, 22:23
It looks like the poison frog scheme is a lot of work, but it looks wonderful. Stealers are over 20 points a model, I think it's worth going for it. It really adds a lot of texture to the flat carapace plates.

The Laughing God
04-08-2008, 00:54
The scheme look really cool, I havn't seen anybody do something like that before. It might suck though if you have to paint alot of stealers, but it'll be worth it in the end.

Good luck,

t-tauri
04-08-2008, 01:20
Title changed.

Solun Decius
04-08-2008, 01:54
Thanks t-tauri!

Now this has been completely switched to being my little Genestealer Project Log.

@McMullet & The Laughing God: Thanks. As you both mentioned, the scheme does take time. However I always seem to end up spending between 2.5 and 4 hours on single troop models. As I get better and faster at painting I just subconciously make things more complicated for me. I am certain that I will feel it's all worth it in the end.
Also, as mentioned, with Ext. carapace, flesh hooks (modeled on most but not all models) and even scuttlers biomorph on some I'll only ever have to dish out between 6 and 8 models in the more complicated scheme in any given month.

This month, however, I thought I'd dig into the Old-style pure-strain stealers. Let's see how it goes.

aenimosity
04-08-2008, 02:32
I can't wait to see a unit shot of the new genestealers. That frog skin scheme is sweet.

Mikari
04-08-2008, 03:12
Genestealers are very popular for us 'nid builders eh?

I like your frog scheme, but would it hold up on quality after you do 10+? I would get bored and half **** it. :/

How many colour schemes are you going for? You may want to add a unifying feature among them, like the muscle parts (elbows, legs, inner working bits) all be the same colour. That way they all look the same but slightly different rather than just a random mix.

Solun Decius
04-08-2008, 11:46
@aenimosity: Thanks man. I can't wait myself to see a whole unit of the patterned carapace ones. It's gotta be in baby steps though, that's what the Tale is about, slow and purposeful progress :D

@Mikari: I hope the quality holds. I will certainly get annoyed at some point, doing 5+ carapaces in a row. It's not that tedious though. There's a tiny bit of creativity in deciding where spots will be and how big and such.
These two color schemes are the bulk of the army and yes, I am keeping the "soft spots" and the "human" hands in the same purple color, hoping it's enough to pass them as "brothers" even though the blue of the carapaces as different shades.
The third and last color scheme will be the broodlord and retinue. It will be the frog scheme but probably with some added feature, something really bright and waspy maybe.

Thanks for looking, C&C always appreciated.

Solun Decius
04-08-2008, 19:13
Third post in a row ... just talking to myself...

I've made some progress this last week and especially this weekend. I finally finished the rhino I interior-decorated weeks ago.

I also finished two genestealers for an army I'll be painting the next year for the Tale of 40K Painters.

My Genestealer Infestation Project Log is here! (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?143164-Solun-s-Tabletop-amp-Board-Game-Miniatures&p=2834134&viewfull=1#post2834134)
Anyone who has been following my stuff here might be interested in checking that out now. The genestealers will be seeing more regular updates although I still have stuff to do here.

On to the Rhino. After I took the photos I realized some things I had forgot.
- The eyes of the gunner.
- Rust effects on the metal.
Those were actually meant to make the whole front armor plate and spikes a bit less flat.

I also decided to take photos and post before I did dirt and stuff, in case I'll ruin it.

Anyway, here it is. I'll post some more after I finish the weathering.

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/1040/qI8jlp.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img924/2256/ZsA5rP.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img922/8513/Ar4574.jpg

alexh's Iron Warriors just went to the top of the list for a moment today so I checked the last page there and found this old comment at the top of the page:

Solun, don't be put off by the size of the rhino, just get a bigger brush!
Well, I finally managed to make it through a vehicle, thanks for the encouragement, hehe!

C&C always very welcome, and you know ... the genestealer thread and stuff ... check it out!

SD

del-patch
04-08-2008, 19:53
looks great! fronts a bit wierd, but hey its khorne!

For the extra objective you could do an Icon of Khorne...

Solun Decius
04-08-2008, 23:11
@del-patch: Thanks. Yeah, the front is supposed to be just two slabs of metal for reinforcement, extra armor, gamewise. I hope it looks a bit less weird after the rust and dirt treatment.
Icon of Khorne is a good idea. I'll need a good way to execute that on a 25mm base. Thanks!

Hope the dirtying didn't ruin the paintjob, it's fairly subtle anyway. I think the gunner's eyes really make a difference.

http://imageshack.com/a/img922/576/tfgjts.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img923/4592/iUsyhc.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img922/6678/k6CJ3r.jpg

I haven't posted photos for a while so I'll just add 4 here and have 8 photos of this rhino right here.
Here's also a link to the Rhino's interior (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2662427#post2662427), posted earlier on this thread.

Thanks everyone for looking.

redstarone
04-08-2008, 23:18
Your work never ceases to amaze me. In fact you have inspired me to start my own count down log for my chaos army.

Your rhino is top notch, every bit of it is covered is awesome detail and doesnt look a tad over crowded. It actually looks like what I think a "real" chaos renegade rhino would look like.

Keep it up!

:chrome:

Solun Decius
05-08-2008, 11:05
@redstarone: Wow, thanks. Glad to give a little inspiration, although there is a differnce between our logs. you've had yours going for one month (during which I was on vacation mostly) and it's aldready 16 pages! Good job!

I needed the rhino to have some detail, glued on or cut into it, all over the place for two reasons: obviously I think that's what makes it chaos and I also need to be able to paint it more like a normal miniature, those big flat spaces still scare me!

I'm hoping to use it in a small Combat Patrol style tourney this week. It'll actually be the first time I use a vehicle.

gonzosbignose
05-08-2008, 11:22
Solun Decius

These really are coming along beautifully.

You have a dark gritty edge to your painting style and it really suits the model and the theme of the army.

Your termies and raptors look fab, and i like the general alot.

My only thing im not 100% on is the extra armour on the rhino you have done recently... but it doesnt look bad.... its just not how i might have done it.

either way... love the army... cant wait to see more...

hope the combat patrol tourne goes well

Regards

My name is Daniel and i am a wargamer

Solun Decius
05-08-2008, 21:18
You have a dark gritty edge to your painting style and it really suits the model and the theme of the army.

Your termies and raptors look fab, and i like the general alot.
Thank's man. It's nice to hear a direct point on what I'm doing right :D I appreciate the input.


My only thing im not 100% on is the extra armour on the rhino you have done recently...

fronts a bit wierd, but hey its khorne!
Hmmm... That's two out of three commenters weirded out by the armor plates.
I thought that would be a good place for extra armor in order to protect the crew from stunned results :)
I also wanted it to look haphazardly thrown on for battle, rather than neat and tidy.

This one will obviously not change but I'll certainly try to finish this sort of thing in a neater way in the future. Thanks!
Critisism that isn't only compliments is sometimes rare, so thank you both (not that I dislike the compliments :angel:). This is the stuff I can learn from, however minor it may seem.

Thanks everyone for looking, C&C always well received!

Solun Decius
11-08-2008, 10:08
Yay, I won!
I participated in local mini tournament thursday evening.
It was 3 games, using Combat Patrol army lists. This is what I brought:

http://imageshack.com/a/img922/8429/OKphTx.jpg

I wanted to use my Plague Marines and had to try out the Rhino since I haven't used transports before. Plague Marines had a Champ with PF, Flamer and Plasma Gun. Other than that just two squads of 5 CSM each, one with Melta Gun.

Having a transport vehicle really gives you more control over the battlefield. The extra armor kept me afloat once and the Havoc Launcher really returned it's points cost, every game.

I came out at the top in the end, with some extra points for properly painted army. Earned me like 30 bucks (or just over GBP 16) in store credit, not too shabby!

redstarone
11-08-2008, 10:11
Great job on the tourney and awe inspiring combat patrol force.

I really like those old school converted plague marines. They really look good with your renegades. Plus, all together they look even more badass.

:chrome:

Solun Decius
11-08-2008, 23:07
Thanks man.
Yeah, those Plague Marines are my very VERY slowly materializing but also very favorite army. I hope to make a Project log of them alone when I feel I can give them the time they deserve. Got a Mk I Land Raider to go with them, all nurgled up!

Solun Decius
16-08-2008, 13:02
All right. here's some WIP on a defiler conversion I'm working on.

For those that don't know, the legs on the defiler are mostly molded in single pieces so there are fewer adjustable joints than I would have thought. Therefore I started by chopping up the knee and ankle joints of the legs and the wrist and "opposing thumb" joints on the Dreadnought CC arms.

http://imageshack.com/a/img922/4192/wgCrmn.jpg

Also there is only one extra CC arm which is sort of lifeless so I chopped that up along with the Reaper Autocannon and made two CC arms with a bit more swing in them.

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/4691/F4TeWa.jpg

In this photo I haven't chopped up all the legs bu I have actually now chopped them all up and glued them back together. I'm going to have to clean all this up a bit but I'll be posting more photo's when I have a "test pose".

Mr Feral
16-08-2008, 13:25
All the cut-up parts has me intrigued now. What kind of pose are you going for?

Solun Decius
16-08-2008, 15:03
Allright!
I'm taking a little break from cleaning mold lines :D


All the cut-up parts has me intrigued now. What kind of pose are you going for?
Something like this:

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/89/JeGKUP.jpg

This is only glued with superglue so I'm working on breaking each leg off, cleaning mold lines and positioning it properly with plastic cement.

I'm going for a pose that is basically rampaging through enemy lines. Feet walking and dreadnought arms thrashing.
Since I cut up the wrist joints I decided to add a degree of movement to it, though it isn't designed for that twist. It just added one more element of life that way.
I also wanted the arms to have more horizontal movement. The original design expects more vertical stomping type movement.
Otherwise I'm sticking to the basic Defiler design. This won't really be a conversion changing the model, just trying to use it's full capability.

Also, in the end, it will include a Bloodletter and a Space Marine torso!

Titan Wolfe
16-08-2008, 19:16
Solun my good friend, I've not been around for a while . I've missed this lot and WOW ,the Rhino is incredible .A totally awesome job that perfectly compliments everything that you have done so far .your work is and should be to all that see it,a true inspiration to all players of the game,Chaos and one and all . Keep up the amazing work my friend . :)

Solun Decius
17-08-2008, 00:14
Allright.
I'd like people to consider the first two photos here.
The first one is of the leg and DCCW pose, which I'm rather happy with, along with the hull. I think it's better and more dynamic than the temporary glueing that I posted earlier.

What I want answered is whether the next one, with the extra CC weapons added makes the whole thing too busy or takes away from the basic pose ... or if it just adds more flailing arms and therefore more thrashing and violence to the whole thing.
I only attached the two extra arms with spots of superglue so I can reconsider those.

http://imageshack.com/a/img923/3830/68OdIv.jpg
http://imageshack.com/a/img923/7294/I8Gwbd.jpg

Next up are the little extras I added. The bloodletter still need green stuffing to hide the joins on the head, shoulder and back. I'll also be doing some more GS and bits: wires, chains, gore and stuff.

http://imageshack.com/a/img922/8136/McFwjX.jpg

Finally a photo from behind, to appreciate how ridiculously tilted the whole thing is.

http://imageshack.com/a/img924/4927/rivIpa.jpg

C&C very much appreciated.

redstarone
17-08-2008, 00:32
Really nice pose if I do say so myself. I love the fact you took the time to cut the legs and give it a proper rampaging pose. Also, with that bloodletter on there you could count the defiler as a slaughterfiend sometimes. ;)

:chrome:

Solun Decius
17-08-2008, 22:01
@Titan Wolfe: I'm always amazed (and pleased) at how impressed you seem to be with my army. Especially since your own minis are way up there in both quality and creativity. Thanks for the support!

@redstarone: Thanks. It was never really a question. I couldn't have assebled that model without exploiting it's full potential. Yeah, the model could serve as a Slaughterfiend. Either way I'm gonna get as many CC attacks out of it as I can!

I've now glued on the shin guards and that kind of detail.

https://imageshack.com/a/img924/9969/TfhHVA.jpg

I've basically glued everything that will be glued and just need to finish the model with green stuff work. This is still a defiler so the daemon has to be bound. I decided that with Warp Magik, enchanted chains and whatnot the daemon might as well appear chained to the hull rather than stuck inside it. A minion of Khorne might even find it more appropriate.
So ... the chains are glued in place and I will add GS shackles to the ankles, waist and wrists. There's also a cable from it's forhead to the "R2 unit". I'll GS a device and some wires onto the head to connect it.

https://imageshack.com/a/img924/5395/8F1hA0.jpg

I try not to have my conversions totally a "single moment" but I wanted to have the marine there. I decided it could be lodged in there, with the backpack stuck at the other side so the Defiler can't release it. That way the marine is semi-permanently there and the Defiler can still dish out some serious damage with the DCCW anyway.

I also tried to add some texture and detail to boring areas and to hide sloppy conversions:

https://imageshack.com/a/img924/6517/e4FfuN.jpg

So that's it ... on to the green stuff 'n'stuff.

https://imageshack.com/a/img922/9884/FIh0LK.jpg

HaraldurTrausti
17-08-2008, 22:27
I'm liking the defiler. =) The Bloodletter on top of the defiler conversion looks awesome! Keep up the good work.

Dictator
18-08-2008, 04:02
I am really liking the defiler. Good conversion to keep it fresh. I look forward to the next update!

FerrumIgnatus
18-08-2008, 06:42
First of all, your army is very impressive! My favourites so far are the Juggernaut mounted Lord and the Terminator Icon Bearer, they are simply awesome conversions. I'll follow this log with much interest and can't wait what you're spawning on the next update!

Cheers, FI.

warflag
18-08-2008, 10:22
Cool idea. I have a spare bloodletter as well (from the juggernaught that has a marine rider now) and I think itīs found a ride now.
Idea stolen, just too cool.

Lovely rhino, btw!

Cheers
Bart

del-patch
18-08-2008, 17:59
brilliant pose I must say...

feel sorry for that poor marine, trapped and all.

Solun Decius
18-08-2008, 19:19
@HaraldurTrausti & Dictator: Thanks guys. I hope I can update with some GS work tonight or in the morning.
@FerrumIgnatus: Thank you very much. I'm hoping to finish the defiler as well as the Juggernaut Lord before a pretty big tourney mid-september. Hope I can meet your expectations (and my own :D)
@warflag: You're so beyond welcome to my ideas. After it was you who reminded me how I just had to do the Juggerlord, which obviously left me with the spare bloodletter.
@del-patch: Thanks man! I'm hoping, for the marine's sake, that he's been relieved of his misery. After all, superhuman or not, there's only so much you can take :eek:

Thank's everyone for looking, C&C always appreciated ... hope I can update pretty soon.

Solun Decius
19-08-2008, 00:55
Here's some green stuff. I'm going to let it dry and make a decision tomorrow on whether I'll add something or redo some of it. Otherwise it's just spray can ready.

https://imageshack.com/a/img922/3779/8PK1zU.jpg
https://imageshack.com/a/img922/1430/YtsTp3.jpg
https://imageshack.com/a/img922/3814/icAkMV.jpg

My GS-fu isn't the greatest and i know alot of it looks sloppy but I hope I can make it work when I paint it up. I'm satisfied enough with most of it but any input from you guys is welcome!

Solun Decius
20-08-2008, 10:09
Well ... I couldn't quite quit on this one.
Since I was going for a Khornate Defiler (Bloodletter, extra CC attacks) I felt it needed something more to make it really worth the attention of the Blood God.

Behold!

https://imageshack.com/a/img924/8573/SkCSfv.jpg

I made sure I didn't lose the mobility of the Battlecannon, but still tried to keep the skulls as tight as possible.

https://imageshack.com/a/img924/1791/lNf7KC.jpg

Sooooo ... waddayathink?

redstarone
20-08-2008, 10:25
Hm, what can I say? except, it looks like a real beast. The skulls really cap off the khronate feel. Plus, thats a crap load of skulls. I think I speak for all chaos players when I say, I wish I had that many skulls around.

:chrone:

Solun Decius
20-08-2008, 16:24
Haha, yeah! Thanks! I chopped up every chaos spike and Icon from my bit box and sprues that had a skull on it. Ended up with a nice pile of skulls and actually have quite a few left.
Maybe I'll pile a few on the Juggerlord before I start painting him ... :eyebrows:

tk7
20-08-2008, 22:32
Looks really good so far Solun, and the defiler is shaping up very nicely!

In particular I like the Terminator with banner and the Rhino. Glad you got good results from the Havoc launcher, a sound investment at 15 points! I tend to face orks so it usually makes its points back very easily, the extra blast weapon makes a mess of ork boys.

Great stuff anyway :)

warflag
21-08-2008, 15:29
Damn, what a beast! Canīt wait to see that thing painted.
Well done, as all your stuff!

Cheers,
Bart

Solun Decius
23-08-2008, 00:20
@tk7: Thanks! Yeah, I played both Orks and Imperial Guard in that tournament so the S5 blast was just what the doctor ordered! Also, my two most regular gaming buddies play Orks and Tau so I'm hoping I can still get some killing out of that Havoc Launcher (:

@warflag: Thanks Bart, I appreciate the compliment. I'm hoping to start painting that thing as soon as possible, this weekend or the next!

I finished the base for the Juggernaut-mounted Lord and decided to post some sharper photos. I think the whole model is ready except I feel I should maybe model the soles on his shoes, since they won't be grounded.

Is the lack of saddle a problem?

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/8489/N3bN2C.jpg
https://imageshack.com/a/img923/453/HS6nKO.jpg
https://imageshack.com/a/img922/4528/YgCgtl.jpg

I know I'm not the smoothest green-stuffer but I hope I can hide that with the paint job. The base GS is supposed to be black lava rock around molten bubbling puddles of lava, representing basically the daemonic energy emanating from the Juggernaut's footprints ... or something!
I might make some extreme close-ups of the Lord's face if I find them suitable for an audience.

warflag
23-08-2008, 03:34
Cool thing! Now I have to work on my lord again.
The lack of a saddle is no problem at all. The cloak takes that space.
GS work looks very suitable! Well done over all, and Iīm sure the paint job will do it justice.

I will solve the saddle issue with a chain tabbard, since I think a saddle is nothing to put on a juggernaught.

Btw, the leaping pose is definatly they way to position the beast on a base. Will do that, too. Iīm no imposter, no, it was the plan from the beginning :angel:

Right, you got two weeks from now to show a finished defiler. I add a week for the lord. Now work! :p

Cheers
Bart

redstarone
23-08-2008, 09:57
Base looks great. You pulled off the lava/demonic enery feel well as thats what I thought it was right away.

I never did comment on the lord and I must say, he is a sweet conversion. The GSing really makes the whole model click together. As for the saddle, I agree its not needed. I agree the cape does hide it but honestly, even no saddle is fine. Hes a chaos lord and hes holding a chain hooked to the jugger. In the fluff any chain hooked to a demon means the person holding the chain is the master. Hence i dont think the jugger would try throw the lord off.

Keep it up.

:chrome:

Solun Decius
23-08-2008, 10:05
Right, you got two weeks from now to show a finished defiler. I add a week for the lord. Now work! :p
Wow, Bart. That's a challenge if I ever saw one! I'll take it!
I remember you mentioning the leaping pose (it might be early on in this very log) before I ever even began this, so the impostor would be me, if anyone. The model just sort of calls for it, really :)
By releasing that new Bloodcrusher, GW also made the Juggerlord a really feasible option, modeling-wise, for a Chaos Marine army.
Thanks for the input and as always, C&C always appreciated.

Iknaar
23-08-2008, 14:33
That lord is looking great! I can't wait to see him painted. :)

Solun Decius
23-08-2008, 15:33
@redstarone: Thanks! I missed your comment earlier as I was answering at the same time. I was thinking something like a seat of skulls under the cape or something but I don't want to crowd the model. The Juggernaut is a nice sculpt and I want as much of it to show as possible. I also aggree that to Lord should be tough enough to handle it anyway.

@Iknaar: Thanks dude, and welcome to my log and to the warseer forums.

tinfoil
23-08-2008, 17:13
Wow, great pose on the Lord, and superb greenstuffing on the armor ornamentation!

LokkoRex
23-08-2008, 17:36
truly awesome jugger-lord and defiler!

firestorm40k
24-08-2008, 10:18
Hey Solun, this is a wicked army, the conversions are great, it's really well painted, it just looks fab! Kudos to you, my chaotic brethren! :evilgrin:

Solun Decius
24-08-2008, 16:17
@tinfoil, LokkoRex & firestorm40K:
Thanks, guys. I appreciate the input.

The Lord is the most green stuff I've ever done that isn't just gore or filling and such. I'm happy with the ornamentation and hope it can look really ornate when painted.
I haven't really posted proper photos of the face yet but here goes. This is really blown out of proportion and much more detail in the photos than you can actually see easily in real life.

Here's the GS:
https://imageshack.com/a/img924/7686/pLzlan.jpg

And after I primed it (less GS-shine):
https://imageshack.com/a/img922/1423/Rp5UD5.jpg

It's not quite in human proportions but I'm going for mutation here (or some form of daemonic posession) ... and fun! Khornate murderous rampage fun!

Thanks everyone for checking this out. Hope to update with painted stuff, which is really what counts :D

RiiTz
24-08-2008, 18:15
he is looking awesome! nice sculpting und very dynamic pose. Love the mutation of his face.

hemogoblin
24-08-2008, 18:44
absolutly fantastic GS work on the lord!!
cant wait to see the finished model. And great start on the defiler!

Solun Decius
25-08-2008, 09:50
@RiiTz & hemogoblin: Thanks for the input. It's always encouraging to recieve a little kudos.

And to get that little feeling of accomplishment I decided to finish something, so I did the Lord's base.
I also just had to know how is would look in the end since I hadn't tried this lava effect before.

https://imageshack.com/a/img922/6662/OsI2kF.jpg

Yeah, I love photos, so I make sure to always have at least one too many.

Well, now I'm back in painting mode (I also made fairly good progress on a few Genestealers) so things will hopefully start happening.

redstarone
25-08-2008, 09:52
The close up on that face is sick! In a kick your ass kinda way! I love that guy even more now. The base is looking good too.

My eyes are peeled for more updates ;).

:chrome:

tinfoil
25-08-2008, 13:30
Incredible base! I love the fluxing suggestion of a face in the one lava pool, and the bubble that might just be an eye in the other. Very atmospheric.

rev
25-08-2008, 13:56
Your minis are amazing solun, I love the thought and effort you put into EVERYTHING!

rev

Solun Decius
26-08-2008, 15:12
@redstarone: Thanks man, glad to hear it. The face is so small, I couldn't get it smoother but I'm very pleased with the overall expression.

@tinfoil: Thanks. I love how you're seeing all that stuff in the base :) I guess swirling lava is a bit like ink-blot images ... the bubble eye thing is cool though, thanks for pointing that out.

@rev: I appreciate that coming from you. I could really just send that comment right back at you!

Well, I've got two things up for brutal judgement.

For starters I can't seem to stop blatantly stealing ideas from warflag so I decided to bring out ye olde watercolors and make a quick background. The color levels on the photos come out much better if the background isn't completely white.
I just wanted to ask whether it makes any sence or if it just looks silly when I do it.
Thanks Bart for putting up with me :D

https://imageshack.com/a/img922/2206/d30PpB.jpg

The other thing is the "fire in the belly" metallics on the Juggernaut. Obviously it's hard to judge when the armor is unpainted and it's a bit sloppy around the edges but it's an idea I had to see through and decide if it's a good one.

https://imageshack.com/a/img922/6480/C99RNK.jpg

C&C needed and appreciated!

tinfoil
26-08-2008, 15:50
I'm really liking the "fire in the belly" effect, personally. It really makes the creature glow with menace, and it resonates with the lava below. I'd go with it, myself.

As for a water-colored background, that's more a matter of taste, but nothing that's going to undermine the presentation of first-rate craft such as yours.
Maybe a compromise would be to use a more abstract watercolor background -- streaks of sky, or something, rather than a specific landscape.

Either way and anyway, fine work on the juggernaught!

Solun Decius
27-08-2008, 11:42
@tinfoil: Thanks, yeah I think the glowing metal parts will clean up nicely when the rest gets painted. I'm not positive that it "glows" enough though. I might have to add almost completely white in a few spots to really turn up the heat in there.

I think I'll experiment a bit more with backgrounds. Having some color there really does make a difference for the camera sensor, so I'll definitely quit using plain white paper.

It's kind of amazing though how well the landscape comes out in the photo. On paper its really really sloppy but when it goes just a little out of focus and is presented with the mini like that it suddenly makes sense.

C&C me :rolleyes:

Titan Wolfe
27-08-2008, 12:46
Hi Solun ,the defiler should look cool with those skulls ,very Khorneate . The Juggernnought looks mean as hell . The effect to make it glow have seen my son (Eddon11) do something similar .To enhance his glow, he topped of the paintwork with GW water effect ,to an amazing result .Check out his thread, I think he has posted pics on there.If not will take some and post them later for you . Good luck my friend .
http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=151550

Solun Decius
27-08-2008, 16:39
Hey Phil. Thanks, the glossy finish is a good idea. I'll try that in the end, although I guess I'll use brush-on 'ard coat to the same effect. What's the difference between GW water effect and glossy varnish anyway?

Titan Wolfe
27-08-2008, 19:32
The hard coat is just a shiny varnish ,the water effect is a white liquid . When left in a recess poured in it eventually dries out and goes clear . Looks like its formed a pool . The effect my son got was better with the water effect than hard coat ,makes the lava look more fluid some how.

Dictator
27-08-2008, 23:45
This will look so bad-ass when it is completed. keep up the good work man. Also, ace job on the base.

Solun Decius
28-08-2008, 10:02
Thanks guys.
@Dictator: Yeah, I'm really pleased with the base, it'll hopefully really tie the model together, so to speak.

I made some progress on the Juggernaut last night, even took photos, but decided it wasn't worth posting more until I have the beast finished.
Anyway, I finished metallics on the armor trims and such and did red and black basecoats on the armor, cleaning up the edges on the glowing machine parts. Also fixed machine parts I originally forgot.
I might very well try the water effect for the lava pools on the base but it'll be tricky to use that on the model itself, I think 'ard coat will have to do there.

Solun Decius
29-08-2008, 23:26
Allright. Here's a proper photo update.
Even though the Lord himself isn't done this is still a fully painted miniature ... and I am proud of it, even though I'm gonna beat myself up over it and ask you people to do the same.
I went for the mountain ridge and blue skies background again ... all the colors just look nicer that way.
So let me present ...

The Juggernaut of Khorne!

https://imageshack.com/a/img922/9431/nSmjXe.jpg

I could use some harsh judgements on this one.
I want it to be the centerpiece of my army and eligible for "best painted model" in this years main GW event (in Iceland) so I really want it to be great.

I always feel I've improved so much between minis that the next one will be the pinnacle of perfection, straight out of GD, yet ... I dunno ... I have mixed feelings regarding this paint job.

I don't really feel like it's too busy. However, with all those colors I guess it might as well be a frackin' harlequin!
Too busy? Or just colorful and wild?

The streaking on black armor and hooves ... good call or no?

Face too flat? ... should I deepen it a bit, maybe some chestnut ink?

And just overall ... too sloppy or smooth enough?

Thanks for checking this out and don't be shy to C&C the heck out of it.

warflag
30-08-2008, 00:25
Hey Solun!
Well, you asked for it:angel:
It looks good so far. The busy feel it has might be due to the black. Inking the face could be a good idea, but if you do it, do it very lightly. Thin down the ink heavily, and then do it repeatedly till you get your effect.

I think part of the strange feeling you have about it might come from the collar. It looks unfinished. Itīs a central part of the mini, I know what I talk about. I messed it up with too light rust, and it completely killed the feeling of the model.

I like the base. Very cool.

A question: What is that background?

Cheers
Bart

Solun Decius
30-08-2008, 00:38
@warflag: Thanks, I'll see what I can do for the collar, I never gave it much thought, I guess. I can take a harsher judgement than that too ;)

Maybe I'll also do a black wash over the black armor to smooth it out and darken it a bit.


A question: What is that background?
Stolen from you!

Like I explained in this post on the previous page:

For starters I can't seem to stop blatantly stealing ideas from warflag so I decided to bring out ye olde watercolors and make a quick background. The color levels on the photos come out much better if the background isn't completely white.
I just wanted to ask whether it makes any sence or if it just looks silly when I do it.
Thanks Bart for putting up with me :D


And thanks Bart for the critique.

EDIT: Hey! This is my 250th post on warseer ... that's a quarter of a thousand ... and that's meaningless information!

warflag
30-08-2008, 00:48
Wow, completely overlooked that post I guess. Steal and take away freely dude. In other languages one could call that "learn". Thatīs how we improve, isnīt it?
Funny we are cross posting tonight...

The background looks great btw, better than mine :p You are right, the photos do the trick in the end.

Cheers to Iceland
Bart

Rabid Bunny 666
30-08-2008, 02:47
Ooh, nice Lord conversion, about the business, perhaps mixing Boltgun Metal/Chaos black together and highlighting the middle of the machinery inside the glowy area of the jugger, might make it less bright.

Solun Decius
30-08-2008, 10:21
@warflag: You're absolutely right, learning and improving it is!
It's just that while ideas regarding the Juggernauts have been floating around in our collective minds, the watercolor background I simply saw on your log and decided to go do that myself too. And I'm pretty sure I'll make a few more and use this as my main background method from now on.

@Rabid Bunny 666: Thanks man. I'll consider toning down the brightness, although I think the metallics can mostly hold their own if I work a little bit on the armor plates.

Thanks dudes!
Destructive critisism still very welcome :D

Solun Decius
30-08-2008, 20:44
Face!

https://imageshack.com/a/img924/5800/mTPHzs.jpg

And I just had to see what happened if I blew the photo way up. It almost feels real ... in a Texas Chainsaw Massacre kind of way.
https://imageshack.com/a/img922/9859/yJmnQE.jpg

Of course the right side of the face and the eye will hardly be seen when the model is assembled with the gun and all ... I think the left profile is better anyway.

I think that if I can really make the face stand out and pull attention, it will raise the whole paint job with it, Juggernaut and all.

I'm still open to critisism in any form:
Too pale?
Too pink?
Too red lips?
Smoother blends would serve it better?

Thank's for looking!

Mr Feral
30-08-2008, 21:05
Excellent work!

I think the face is juts fine as it is, perhaps a glaze of purple to really make those eyes and lips stand out might help.

Amazing paint job on the Juggernaut as well, makes me want to paint one now :)

Mr Nipples
30-08-2008, 21:45
whhhyy sooo serious?!?

redstarone
30-08-2008, 23:01
The face is priceless. Its got to be my favface ive ever seen converted and painted. Great stuff.

Also, I think so far you indeed have a chance to win best painted. Everything looks amazing. I even looked for a messup to comment on. Nothing.

:chrome:

warflag
30-08-2008, 23:27
Great face! Do you think the last pic was big enough? :p

Somehow have the feeling youīve seen "Dark Knight" already. The face... somehow...

Good stuff. Now the rest. Two more weeks, if my maths donīt deceive me :D

Cheers
Bart

rev
31-08-2008, 09:26
the juggernaught is a masterpiece! I love the eye, the damage on the armour and the hooves. The base is nice too.

well done!

rev

Solun Decius
31-08-2008, 16:58
whhhyy sooo serious?!?

Somehow have the feeling youīve seen "Dark Knight" already. The face... somehow...
Haha ... yeah, Joker certainly came to mind when I was making that face. I hadn't seen Heath Ledger's performance when I sculpted it, I think it's more like Jack Nicolson's Joker smile. The color and the right cheek however remind me of the Dark Knight one!


Great face! Do you think the last pic was big enough? :p
Maybe just a bit over the top!

@Mr. Feral: Thanks. That's a good idea. I think I'll actually just try a super-thin blue wash over the lips. It'll fit with the pale face, I think.

@redstarone: Thanks man, I really appreciate that. I think I'm not going to change the Jugger at all until I see the Lord painted on top.

@rev: Thank you very much. I'm humbled :) The battle damage is actually part of the model, the cuts that is. I think they come out rather nicely painted.

Thanks everyone for looking, C&C always appreciated!

HaraldurTrausti
31-08-2008, 17:20
Man his face is messed up! In a good way. :p
Great job on the face.. he has an evil grin on his face!
I really like the bases.. could you share how you did your bases? :o
Mjög flott! Get ekki beðið eftir kláruðu modeli.

Solun Decius
01-09-2008, 10:00
Well, well. End of the tale's first month and I have finished stuff. I'm one mini short of my month's goal, but that's no biggie.

I added 6 more old-style, update-free stealers.

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/4593/cSnBdv.jpg
https://imageshack.com/a/img924/1353/WEIFfB.jpg

I think I'll do the bird's eye view for the whole army each month.

I guess this thread will become more active once I start doing more assembly and conversions. Otherwise it's just the same as I'm posting each month in the tale threads.

Solun Decius
01-09-2008, 11:08
Takk, hann verður a.m.k. tilbúinn fyrir ICE-GT :)

@Haraldur Trausti: Thank's man ... I want him to have a nice paint job, not be a nice person ;)

I do the base material before I prime my models, usually just sand, sometimes a few skulls or stuff glued on, but for the Lord I used Green Stuff to model a bit of rock with liquid type ripples in the center, for lava pools.

For the lava effect on the bases I had read a tutorial on lava bases a while back (here it is (http://www.madmcgobbo.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=20&Itemid=30)) and recreated that from memory, basically covering the lava in white first and then reverse highlighting, first yellow, then orange, blood red then mixed brown and black into the red mix and ending with almost entirely black, so a very very dark brown for the crust. I ended up doing a grey highlight on the crust too.

Sand doesn't prime so well so I start by flooding that with really watered down chaos black. When that is dry I do sort of a wet-brush with bestial brown, followed by a very dry dry-brush of light grey, similar to either codex or fortress grey, the one which is lighter :D

Skulls are just bestial brown followed by bleached bone.

Thanks for checking in,
C&C appreciated.

Solun Decius
05-09-2008, 22:54
Allright. It's all more or less finished now. I'm going to put the Lord on top of the Jugger and take some proper photos but first I wanted to post the Juggernaut after I fixed the black highlighting. I guess I just needed two sessions' worth of patience to do it properly. I rushed it last time so now I took some seriously thinned down Chaos Black and did the streaking in the reverse direction. I think I managed to smooth the shading effect and darken the whole thing.

https://imageshack.com/a/img922/1001/8tazqq.jpg

So is it better than before?
You can either check the previous page or see the before photo here! (https://imageshack.com/a/img922/9431/nSmjXe.jpg)

I now have to decide whether I dare finalize this and glue the Lord on top of the Juggernaut! :eek:

I'll be back within the hour with photos of the whole thing!

C&C always welcome.

warflag
06-09-2008, 00:32
Better now. Well done!
I guess itīs one of the most uncertain moments when you have to decide if you glue the multipart model or if still some work could be done. I also hate it :p

If the lord has that level too, I say glue it! And on to the next piece.
One more week, if memory serves :D

Cheers
Bart

Ps. Wish me luck that I can finish my Ork stuff in time, so that I can return to my juggerlord. I must do mine now that have seen yours again!

Solun Decius
06-09-2008, 01:19
If the lord has that level too, I say glue it! And on to the next piece.
One more week, if memory serves
Yep, I've kept that in mind :D
Actually I'm going to the Icelandic GT next weekend and I plan on taking both Lord and Defiler there. If I don't practically finish the defiler this weekend I'm more or less screwed!
Now you Judge whether the Lord has the same level of quality ... I think it's better! (this would be a good place for a smily if I hadn't finished my image quota) (:

@Titan Wolfe: There! I told you I'd have something to show here, as an answer to your excellent Æsir display piece.

https://imageshack.com/a/img922/9259/q0gLye.jpg
https://imageshack.com/a/img924/845/AqBcUi.jpg

More to follow!

tinfoil
06-09-2008, 01:24
Simply superb!

Solun Decius
06-09-2008, 01:36
More images!
I wanted to really catch every angle to show this properly. I see now that there is no angle that shows the Lord's torso from the right side, showing the small tabard ... maybe I'll take photos later of just the Lord, unmounted and without the combi-melta. I'll want to have those photos anyway since I'll end up gluing him to the Juggernaut. The weapon, however, is just pinned and I've drilled several other weapon choices so I'll keep those interchangable.

https://imageshack.com/a/img924/2608/by0Nly.jpg


Simply superb!
Thank you very much.
Also thank you for sticking this in between an otherwise certain double post!

C&C (kind or harsh) ever so welcome and always appreciated!

:D <- me being super happy to have finished this model and to a level of quality that's ... uhm ... increasing! I hope I can still do better.

Dictator
06-09-2008, 01:39
AWesome. i like that he is actually attempting to restrain the juggernaut!

Solun Decius
06-09-2008, 13:13
AWesome. i like that he is actually attempting to restrain the juggernaut!
Thanks dude! The way he's holding on to the chain was an important part of the conversion. I had viualized him pulling on it like that and shooting over the side, before I even bought the models, or decided which set to base the Lord on.
I think (and hope :D) the bull-riding dynamic came across pretty well.

HaraldurTrausti
06-09-2008, 13:25
Wow! Man he looks sweet! I like the lord himself more than the juggernaut and I really like that juggernaut! Great work!

warflag
06-09-2008, 14:23
Great work, as expected!

Cool pics aswell. The bullriding aspect comes across the way you wanted.
I really like your aproach. Also because mine is different. I had more of a "slowly, dangerously appearing on the scene" kind of picture for mine. Pretty much like the new WHFB chaos general on steed.

Good luck for the GT, btw. Youīre going to kill. Best painted army is almost certain. Letīs see the defiler, but I donīt have any doubts.

Cheers
Bart

Solun Decius
06-09-2008, 22:22
Wow! Man he looks sweet! I like the lord himself more than the juggernaut and I really like that juggernaut! Great work!
Thanks! i think the Lord's face and the cape came out well enough to draw attention and raise the overall quality of the model.


Great work, as expected!

Cool pics aswell. The bullriding aspect comes across the way you wanted.
I really like your aproach. Also because mine is different. I had more of a "slowly, dangerously appearing on the scene" kind of picture for mine. Pretty much like the new WHFB chaos general on steed.

Good luck for the GT, btw. Youīre going to kill. Best painted army is almost certain. Letīs see the defiler, but I donīt have any doubts.

Cheers
Bart
Thanks man. I'm glad the "feel" of it is coming across. I'm really looking forward to seeing yours ready!
Even though GT armies are often painted for battle readiness rather than quality there is also some real competition. Like a friend of mine who, like me, has been back in the hobby since around christmas and has painted up this brilliant tau force (http://forums.tauonline.org/index.php?topic=71678.0). He has even added really impressive models since.

Anyway, defiler is primed and I just finished flooding ill-exposed areas with watered down chaos black. I'm typing this up while waiting for that to dry. I guess I can get crackin' right about now!

Thanks for looking and feel free to C&C anytime!

Titan Wolfe
06-09-2008, 23:34
Well well my friend how things turn out.I honestly think this is the most imaginative use I have ever seen for a juggernaut model. Come out superb ,this is totally fantastic and a great work has been completed .I hope we both have some success in our respective competitions.

Solun Decius
08-09-2008, 13:16
@Titan Wolfe: Thank you my friend! I truly hope so too.
"Imaginitive" is a nice word to hear about my work. Although my painting has improved greatly, I know I'm not the smoothest blender, so i hope those other aspects can shine through.

Regarding the Defiler, I finished the skulls to get myself started and then I've painted a bunch of red armor and metallic trims, base layers. I also painted the bloodletter just to finish something, since the size of the vehicle is sort of daunting for a slow painter.
Hopefully I'll have some worthy WIP photos tonight.

Solun Decius
10-09-2008, 00:09
Maaaaan, it's hard to motivate myself to paint this monstrosity!
Still just have first couple layers of red and base coat for the gold.
I did however paint the Bloodletter and chains as well as the half-a-marine.
I'm satisfied with those in a they're-part-of-a-bigger-model kind of way.

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/8917/r3pfH2.jpg

The former veteran is meant to be out of focus :D He'll get his photo-ops later!

Thanks for looking!

Cassarus
10-09-2008, 01:17
You've done some great work sins I last visited this thread Solun Decius!
your army turned out great, and I must say your termis are just awesome as is your new lord!
I'm looking forward for more eye candy:)

/Cassarus

AdamAtCollege
10-09-2008, 01:48
My God... that thing is spectacular, can't wait for more!

synapse
10-09-2008, 07:36
that colour scheme is really cool and the old style stealers look great - i havent seensstealers in that scheme in ages! good work

any chance of hybrids, counts-as termagants by any chance? :p

Solun Decius
10-09-2008, 09:25
Thanks man!
I just didn't feel any other paint scheme would do the models justice.
I hadn't thought of that way to use the hybrids. There's a bunch of unpainted hybrids in my brothers space hulk stuff too (that's where I'm taking most of these models from). I might paint one or two up to see how it looks. *ponders*

Solun Decius
10-09-2008, 09:28
Your army turned out great, and I must say your termis are just awesome as is your new lord!
Thanks man! I still think, as far as painting goes, that the Termies are my best work yet.


My God... that thing is spectacular, can't wait for more!
Thanks. I hope I can the defiler done for a tournament this weekend. *fingers crossed*

synapse
10-09-2008, 09:43
if youre up for a spot of converting, here's agreat idea: http://www.minus1mod.com/smf/index.php?topic=501.0

HaraldurTrausti
10-09-2008, 15:59
That defiler is looking great! That bloodletter is looking good aswell, although personally I think his tongue should be purple or something.. the red tongue clashes(?) too much with the red skin.. other than that its looking good. Hope you can finish it in time for the tournament.. because then I get to see it IRL!:)

Solun Decius
13-09-2008, 11:07
That defiler is looking great! That bloodletter is looking good aswell, although personally I think his tongue should be purple or something.. the red tongue clashes(?) too much with the red skin.. other than that its looking good. Hope you can finish it in time for the tournament.. because then I get to see it IRL!:)
Thanks dude. I finished it in time! I also did a dark blue wash on the tongue to make it look more purple, I think you were right on that.

So here's the Defiler, and I'm heading off for the tournament. It's 2 days so I was thinking I'd digest the paintjob while playing today and then tonight maybe add a little dirt on the legs and details that I may have forgot. The best army judgement will be tomorrow.

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/295/rBV1Ue.jpg

I'll add more photos later, more angles and a fixed up paint job with dirt and stuff. This is however proof that I sort of pulled through with warflag's challenge. 3 weeks for the two of them, although I didn't manage the defiler in the first two!

I also cheapened the paint job by making the legs black. Would have liked to have the rim one color and the center another. Looking at in now though, I think that might have been too busy anyway ... but mark my words! I'm NEVER painting to a deadline again. My termies are still my best paint job and I painted them one shoulder pad at a time.

Wish me luck and tell me what you think!

warflag
13-09-2008, 11:33
Great job Solun! And in time!

It looks very good. I am in deed satisfied with your work.
Now I wish you best of luck for the tournament, though I think you donīt need luck ;)
Looking forward to more pics!

Cheers
Bart

matt_17
13-09-2008, 15:05
WOW!... Just... WOW!

I am in awe, very good work all-round. Not a single model I didn't feel possessed some awesomeness. The Termies were my favourite, the Lord on his Juggernaut second and the Rhino third.

Solun Decius
13-09-2008, 23:34
@warflag: Thanks man. I played the first 3 games today. Won the forst, lost the other two so i guess I'll be needing more luck on that front. But hey! When was warhammer ever about playing the game :D
I'm too beat to do anything more tonight, painting or photos, so that's gonna have to wait.

@matt_17: Thanks man! That's a huge compliment. I totally agree on the Termies myself. There are however some of the last painted plain regular CSM that I would place before the Rhino, but that's just me :)

The Juggerlord did receive some attention at the tourney today but there are a few pretty striking armies there.
One thing I noticed: The painting standard at the Fantasy tables seemed to be a notch above the 40K armies. I wonder if fantasy tends to get more dedicated hobbyists, maybe out of the Roleplay genre, while 40K has a more "immediate" coolness and gets more traffic but less dedication. Just a thought! Maybe it's just my club that has happened to be this way.

More Defiler photos soon and then probably some updated Army shots.
Thanks for looking.

Titan Wolfe
18-09-2008, 00:12
Solun the defiler is a sweet piece .Totally compliments your army . from the termies through to this and the juggernaut ..........:) be nice to see an army shot my friend.

Walls
18-09-2008, 01:05
If it wasn't for a bunch of idiot kids playing chaos here locally I would LOVE to get into it. Inspiring thread!

I really love the rhino on page 6. Just fantastic modelling with fantastic paint! You are on the verge of making me get another army.

Solun Decius
18-09-2008, 10:55
@Titan Wolfe: Thanks for checking in and waking me from my warhammer slumber. I actually took shots the other day of the army I used at the ICE-GT tournament.
The photos are actually more of a photography background experiment than detailed shots of the minis.

@Walls: Thanks, those are great compliments. It's awesome when my work can kickstart ideas for other people.
Also, don't let other people's idiocy ruin what a particular army is all about for you.

I got two wins, three losses at the tournament itself, which was overall very fun. Good gamers, nice spirit and healthily competitive!
Came in second in "Best painted" which was a disapointment. However the winner is my freind and main gaming buddy and it had to go either way, so I can't say I'm devastated over this.

So here are photos:

First one is the defiler, all kitted out with maximum Close Combat weapons.
The other models in this photo are just for mood.
You can see that there is a big round plate on the defiler's right shoulder that I just forgot to paint. Silly silly!

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/4863/1oU1bX.jpg


Next up troops.
Top photo, left to right:
4 CSM, Melta Gun + Champion with PW
4 CSM, Melta Gun + Champion with PW (identical squads)
10 CSM, Lascannon (in the ruins)

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/2773/hWgEWq.jpg


9 CSM, Plasma Gun, Flamer + Chamipon with PF, icon of Khorne
Rhino, Extra Armor, Havoc Launcher

https://imageshack.com/a/img922/4918/CwAgdm.jpg

Solun Decius
18-09-2008, 10:59
Lord, Mark of Khorne, Juggernaut, Lightning Claw, Combi Melta
5 Raptors, Melta Gun, Flamer + Champion with Plasma Pistol and PF, Icon of Khorne

https://imageshack.com/a/img924/354/jxhOBo.jpg


2 Chaos Terminators
3 Terminator Champions, Reaper Autocannon, Chain Fist, Dual Lightning Claws, Icon of Khorne
Featuring a cheesy photoshop lensflare!

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/7153/DHPLhr.jpg

Lemme know what you think!

warflag
18-09-2008, 11:51
What I think?
Grand! Very nice pics. I love the atmosphere. It reminds me of the real cool pics from the older codex books. Those with the units in action on the battlefield.
This impression includes the high quality of the paintjobs and modelling work in general. Btw, the backdrop serves very well, I assume ;)
Lovely stuff!

Ok then, whatīs up next?

P.s.: What was your friends army? How much did he pay the jury? You could have said something, we would have paid double :cool:

Solun Decius
18-09-2008, 12:30
Thanks man. Like I said, this is experimentation in photographing the minis and catching an atmosphere so I'm really happy if that's showing. I'm expanding a bit on the whole watercolor backdrop thing and i think it's working out really well, thanks ;)


Ok then, whatīs up next?
Well ... this month it's stealers for the Tale of 40K painters and I'm going to try to finish the free Black Reach Termie from White Dwarf for the competition at the Bolter and Chainsword.

Then I'm going to have to give my Plague Marines some much needed attention. I've actually been meaning to throw a question out here:
Should I start a new 1500 pts countdown on this thread for the Nurgle stuff or should I start a new thread altogether?


P.s.: What was your friends army? How much did he pay the jury? You could have said something, we would have paid double :cool:
Haha, thanks for the questionable support!
I took a couple photos of his army at the tournament:
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And here is my own army at the tournament: <broken link>

These are all hurried shots from a pocket camera, so best to just link them :)

Thanks for looking people!

redstarone
18-09-2008, 12:32
I have to agree with warflag in saying your army reminds me of rengades from the older 2nd edition chaos codex. I think thats why ive simply fallen in love with your army, its style and most of all its striking paint scheme. (not to mention all the cool conversions)

I think your defiler has sold me on that style of paint scheme. Since I plan to run my 3 defilers s slaughterfiends, red is needed and I was wanting black so... paint scheme on defiler = snagged by me.

Oh and fantasy armies around here are always a step up over 40k. I think for the exact reasons you stated. That and most 40k players here are younger while fantasy attracts 40+ year olds. (who have alot more patience/money to complete an army)

All in all, great work as usual.

:chrome:

tinfoil
18-09-2008, 14:23
Thought you should've won, personally. Damn fine army, Solun D. And a fine damned one, too.

Titan Wolfe
18-09-2008, 23:58
Truly superb army . Fantastic pictures of a fantastic army ,wouldn't look out of place in a White Dwarf article . Brilliant my friend truly ,jaw dropping brilliant .
Congratulations
"HAIL GODS OF WAR"

Solun Decius
19-09-2008, 12:00
@redstarone: Thanks man and feel free to use the slaughter fiend scheme. I'm honoured that you're considering sporting my colors :D
When I looked at the fantasy armies up close, in the painting comp lineup, I was actually pretty disapointed. They were a bit more colorful so they seemed more detailed from afar, but couldn't stand much scrutiny. Good enough for the table top but no attention to detail. Faces all blobby and stuff. So I stand corrected. On average the 40K armies where much better. There was one properly painted fantasy army and the rest really didn't stand a chance, at least not up close.

@tinfoil: Thanks man. It's actually pretty cool this way. I saw the vote results yesterday and it was like 8.59/10 vs. 8.41/10. The difference is hardly any and we can keep up our quiet rivalry, trying to top each other, pushing ourselves to improve <you may have won this round, mmmhmhehe>. At the same time I hope we can inspire some of the young blood to redefine the average painting standard here. Not that it's that bad at all, really!

@Titan Wolfe: Thanks man. It's hardly as brilliant as making it sound but some scenery and a sharp photo can bring out the best in it ;)
I'm still curious about the reviews you recieved at games day for your SoO centerpiece.

Thanks for looking. I'm still wondering whether I should go for a 1500 pts Nurgle Army count down right here or if it should get it's own Project Log.

Titan Wolfe
19-09-2008, 21:06
Looking at that my friend ..........Nurgle 1500pts ............Deserves its own log and so do we ......your devoted followers .

Monsterzonk
19-09-2008, 21:13
That's a really great looking army you have built here! Awesome!

For your Nurgle Marines I'd say put them in here too, as it'll be easier to follow and you already have a solid basis of people waiting for more of your stuff.

Cheers,
Monsterzonk :skull:

Walls
19-09-2008, 23:18
One log! Way easier to follow.

I think your biggest boon will be their synergy on the table to eyes. Will look like an army, not a pile of mud like a lot unfortunately do. You really caught the balance between showcase and playtable.

Solun Decius
20-09-2008, 14:25
Thanks for the input dudes!


Looking at that my friend ..........Nurgle 1500pts ............Deserves its own log and so do we ......your devoted followers .

For your Nurgle Marines I'd say put them in here too, as it'll be easier to follow and you already have a solid basis of people waiting for more of your stuff.

One log! Way easier to follow.
I'll take this a s a 2-1 vote for "same log".
I think it's probably better, as when I start doing the Nurgle stuff, this log would otherwise pretty much fade out into warseer history.
They do deserve their own log Phil, but this army also deserves to hang in with their future updates :D
Anyway, the title will still fit!


You really caught the balance between showcase and playtable.
Thanks! I really try not to forget to highlight and pick stuff out in a way that will be noticable from a couple feet away too. It is a tabletop army in any case and should enhance the gameplay properly.

Thanks for looking.
I'll try to kick myself into painting mode again to finish that defiler properly and post photos from interesting angles. After that, this thread will be all Pestilence!

matt_17
21-09-2008, 00:35
The army looks great as a whole. Sometimes a group of well painted models don't look as good together as you'd think, this is not the case here. Its all good all the time.

I look forward to the Pestilence.

AdamAtCollege
21-09-2008, 04:52
This army is shaping up nice! I'm excited to see the new Nurgle additions!

Death Korp
21-09-2008, 09:12
This army, is mad! I'm loving it :D

I'll have to get my own defiler one day...

DK

Solun Decius
27-09-2008, 19:25
Allright!
Here's an awesome thing: http://www.wargamereports.com
The battle reports there are really well done. Each turn has a few photos and an overview map with units' movement and shots drawn in.
I played a game with my "best painted" winning Tau friend that they recorded. It'll be on the site soon. I'll let y'all know when.

@matt_17: Thanks man. I really want it to look good as an army. Of course I also want individual models to look nice but a nice looking army was my main goal, so thanks!

@AdamAtCollege: Thanks. I hope I can get into the Nurgle mindset soon and start getting those dudes together.

@Death Korp: Thank you very much!

I'll have to get my own defiler one day...
I hope you do ... but in the meantime here are some different angle of mine!

This update isn't really anything new but I was always going to take more interesting photos of the defiler when it was ready. I still haven't decided whether I'll add some dirt to the claws and legs but at least I haven't missed any spots now.

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/6987/ZMoEWB.jpg
https://imageshack.com/a/img924/9504/HYa1R5.jpg
https://imageshack.com/a/img923/4517/93KJ9F.jpg
https://imageshack.com/a/img924/8411/biV7A1.jpg

Solun Decius
27-09-2008, 19:27
https://imageshack.com/a/img922/6792/oiFKLx.jpg
https://imageshack.com/a/img923/3693/UXnxdA.jpg
https://imageshack.com/a/img922/6649/cRgA8j.jpg
https://imageshack.com/a/img924/715/T02YsX.jpg

Cassarus
28-09-2008, 01:35
that defiler really looks great Solun Decius!

Titan Wolfe
28-09-2008, 12:31
Keep this going my friend ,worthy of a place in Warseer history. Not been around for a couple of weeks was left a little deflated after Gamesday . But now we're back and firing . Still nice to see this army progressing so well . Check in again soon my friend.

"Hail Gods of War"

Mr Feral
28-09-2008, 12:35
Excellent Defiler, I think the pose is class!

As you said, I'd recommend you dirty up the metallics a bit because it seems a bit lacking compared to the lovely red. :)

Solun Decius
29-09-2008, 11:11
@Cassarus: Thanks man, I'm glad you like it!

@Titan Wolfe: Good to hear you're getting back on track ;) I was kind of beat after the ICE-GT tournament myself, having spent alot of time getting ready for it. I'm slowly easing myself into gear again now.

@Mr. Feral: Thanks, it was fun to do the pose, after I had cut all the legs up. I will definitely do some dirt ... just don't know exectly when :D

I kicked myself into painting mode again this weekend and mostly finished the free Terminator from White Dwarf. I'm afraid I won't put it in here when it's ready as I'll be entering it into the Black Reach painting contest at the Bolter and Chainsword. That stuff is more fun when it's anonymous. I hope I can finish it tonight.

Solun Decius
04-10-2008, 17:09
Real life check!
I had this photo ready two days ago after an assembly session on the 1st of October.

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/4567/4ivNvR.jpg

I was just about to post it with some text like:
"Woah, I started my September work on the 1st of October but I'm still going to try to get it in before the 7th, hahaha ... smiley face!"
...when real life kicked in pretty big.

Now I'm back home, 2 children, rather than the one I had before and I have a feeling I might have to pull a joker.

Anyway, I have 5 more old-style stealers and 4 new ones, extended carapace, flesh hooks and menacing poses. Lets see what I can do with it :D

warflag
04-10-2008, 17:31
Hey Solun, what in the hell??
How come you return home and have one kid more? Did you find one in the streets? A freebie in the mail? Have you been absent a tad bit too long? :D

However, congrats! Your productivity concerning minis has reached a new level ;)

I for one am looking forward to having a child. You can stay up all night, no questions asked, rock the cradle with one foot, and paint!

Rock on
Cheers
Bart

little
04-10-2008, 18:35
Very attractive work, but I think that you shouldn't left hands in purple Leave everything in blue, that shall be great..... Otherwise, make hands in black

Solun Decius
04-10-2008, 22:42
@warflag: haha, no nothing so dramatic. It was all expected. Still, it always has a way of upsetting ones plans when it finally decides today is the day. I'll be sure to check out the "rock cradle with one foot" painting tecnique :D

@little: Thanks man! The purple hands were a way to tie together the old-style and new-style stealers. Maybe the new ones should keep them blue. I'll try that on a batch. Then I'll also try them with a purple head, like someone suggested as well. That way I'll be using the comments I'm getting and experimenting with the scheme. It'll give the best result in the end :)

kiwichild
08-10-2008, 04:05
Real life check!
http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/2620/month2wip01kw3.jpg
IAnyway, I have 5 more old-style stealers and 4 new ones, extended carapace, flesh hooks and menacing poses. Lets see what I can do with it :D

Hey this is a neat plog, I'm doing mixes of 2nd+3rd+current era genestealers too, is it cool if I steal some of your conversion ideas. Do you have any ideas on beefing up the brood that escorted the broodlord. I did some beefed genestealers for my Patriarch using tyranid warrior heads.
http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/d...t/P1000496.jpg
http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd50/naganokiwi/P1000316.jpg
http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd50/naganokiwi/P1000544.jpg
http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd50/naganokiwi/P1000310.jp

Keep up the good work.

cheers

Solun Decius
08-10-2008, 15:32
@kiwichild: Thanks dude!
Those stealer/warrior conversions are cool. Only 2 photos showed but 2 were enough to see them.
My broodlord's brood will have scything talons and toxin sacs and the paintjob might make them stick out a bit too. There will also be some old-style stealers with arms and parts of the new ones, some home made flesh hooks and stuff like that. They'll have scything talons in different arm places, sometimes 1, maybe some of them 3 and I'll probably try to put a little work into the poses and stuff like that. They'll be a bit like mutants or freaks, hopefully. I've started assembling three of that brood, just for fun, and I'll take photos of that and put here on the log.

Anyway, I'm jokering this month in the To40KP, but to show that I haven't been idle here is a WIP photo.

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/8274/bOf0pE.jpg

The three in the front only need the back patterns and the bases. Others are in different states of PIP.

warflag
08-10-2008, 21:13
Hi Solun,
cool you found time in between diapers and cradle rocking :p

Guess who else is jokering ;)

I like your take on the nids, the frog-skin idea in particular.

Rock on
Bart

Solun Decius
09-10-2008, 12:49
Oh, well, Joker schmoker, we're still painting good minis, eh?
Yeah, since I've been doing all the armor and edge highlighting I wanted to do something really organic with the stealers. Nice random free-hand patterns seemed to fit the bill.

I'm not sure exactly why I ended up with the blue poison dart frog on google image search but the moment I saw it I knew what had to be done.

Anyway, here are three new ones, all patterned up:

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/6970/5vI2LE.jpg

I think they're better than the first one, and the patterns took much less time this time around.