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Dragon Lord
27-07-2009, 00:46
Ok, apologies for the lame title, I couldn't help myself:D Anyway I decided to start a log for my various projects, in part to motivate me to get them done!

First up my current big project a Chaos Stormblade:

Very much a work in progress at the moment, the hull and blastgun haven't been glued yet, the hull still needs a bit of hot water treatment to bend it into shape before I can actually. As you can see so far what I've done is make a 'super-sponson' by taking two normal sponsons and connecting them with plasticard. This is going to be the command vehicle of a Word Bearer Dark Apostle and so eventually will be heavily converted, I'm going to add a pulpit/platform to the side of the turret structure from which the dark apostle can preach. I'm also going to extend the turret structure back over the engines and add some more bulk on top too that will later accomodate an organ and organist.
Here are some pics of cardboard mock-ups I've done of the turret extension and the template for the pulpit:

The smaller box on top of the turret in the last picture is very much just a temporary thing to check sizes, I'm not going to show a pic of it from the front because it is just so ugly, I think I need to bevel some of the edges to stop it looking too blockish. Anyway the reason I posted a pic of it from the back is because I'm not sure its big enough to take the organ and I'm not quite sure what to do about it. The front part of it is sized to fit into an existing recess in the turret and avoid covering up too many of the interesting details, obviously I can extend the rear part of it sideways out towards the edges of the turret extension but I'm not sure if that will be enough. One thought that occured to me is that where the sides of the extension go in to meet with the engine section I could slope that bit outwards so that the upper surface doesn't loose that corner out of it, allowing me to make the box on top quite a bit bigger out to the sides. What do people think? (If you could understand my description that is) Any other suggestions also welcome.

only joking...
27-07-2009, 00:56
Cool scratchbuilding so far, looking forward untill the next update.

Dragon Lord
28-07-2009, 00:57
Cool scratchbuilding so far, looking forward untill the next update.

Thanks Only Joking.

A small update on the stormblade, I've done the pulpit platform in plasticard and given it some supports and had another go at doing the upper section of the turret extension.

I think the upper turret extension looks quite a bit better than it did before, it looks big enough to take the organ now and the back being wider and the slight slope to the sides of the front part help break up the blockishness a little. I still think it looks a bit too blocky though, I think perhaps its a bit too tall, maybe shorten it by about 5mm?

And now for a small BFG interlude I entitle the wonders of sprue (and buttons), mostly for Jihad_Ragsta if he's reading.


The transport in the front of top pic was almost entirely made out of sprue as was the main structure of the large space station. The transport in the bottom pic and most of the structure of the small dock on the left of the same pic were not just made out of sprue they were in fact made out of the sprues from flying bases! The space station in the bottom pic was made out of a pile of buttons with some bits added. The converted cruiser is supposed to be an Explorator vessel, I'm thinking of gradually building up an Ad Mech fleet using converted Imperial cruisers (with maybe a couple of the GW Ad Mech ships thrown in, as they do look quite good).

28-07-2009, 07:37
Hey hey! I like what I see, that transport ship in particular is giving me ideas! Your space dock reminds me of Gateway Station out of Aliens. I like :)

One suggestion for the Admech bessel- if you have an Epic techpriest or some kind of servo cog then slap that on somewhere for added character, done that to a couple of my own ships. Really like it tho!

In answer to your question- Fullthrust flying stands match up with GW ones pretty much fine- there are examples of both on my wee plog (the Imperial fleet pictures).

I agree that lowering the turret extension a hair is a good idea but I wanna see MORE before I really comment ;) Now where did I leave those sprues...

Dragon Lord
01-08-2009, 23:48
Hey hey! I like what I see, that transport ship in particular is giving me ideas! Your space dock reminds me of Gateway Station out of Aliens. I like

Thanks Jihad_Ragsta, glad you like them.

One suggestion for the Admech bessel- if you have an Epic techpriest or some kind of servo cog then slap that on somewhere for added character, done that to a couple of my own ships. Really like it tho!
Unfortunately I don't (at least I don't think so, I'll have a look around in case) I might be able to manufacture something out of plasticard though. When I first built the explorator I hadn't actually decided whether I wanted it to be an Ad Mech explorator or not, but I'm getting more into the Ad Mech mood lately so it probably will be now.:)

Relatively small update for the Stormblade today. I've added some cities of death pieces around the pulpit to make a barrier. With these in place I'm not so sure how much the turret extension needs lowering, definitely still needs to be a bit less square though.

And now something a little different. I've been working on this guy for a while, he's supposed to represent my main Chaos Lord a bit earlier in his career. Still not quite finished, still have most of the red to do (the inside of the cloak will be red), but mostly done.
He does look rather like a genie with that blue-tack there...
And a picture of the back, hopefully you can see the highlighting and weathering on the cloak, which I'm fairly pleased with.

I'm really not sure what to do with his base though. I rather like the dark and forbidding black rock, but the rest of the army have grassy bases and I'm not sure how well the rock would go with grass, nor how well he'd fit in with the rest of the army without grass.

Finally for a complete bit of randomness, what do other people do with left over greenstuff? I always seem to have a small blob left over when I'm doing any greenstuff work and I can't help feeling that letting it go to waste is a shame, hence my collection of small greenstuff animals. Here's what I made with the byproducts of todays work on the stormblade:

Comments and criticism welcome.

Magos Errant
02-08-2009, 00:00
Great job on the Stormblade was it? The ships are pretty cool, too. The Termie lord is awesome. If you had made him a Sorcerer, you could have had the snail be a familiar. :D

powa bear
02-08-2009, 00:13
What other animals have you made?

02-08-2009, 01:02
The lord does look good, the gold really stands out against the black, V nice.
And nice evil chaos snail!!


Dragon Lord
02-08-2009, 01:39
Thanks guys, glad you like the gold, it takes 4 or 5 coats of burnished gold to get it to look like that:eek: still needs a few mithril silver highlights on some of the sharp edges.

@powa bear: That I'm fairly certain I still have somewhere, a tortoise, a fish and a cobra. The cobra is actually the familiar of a sorcerer though I don't actually use that sorcerer and he's never been painted (other than just undercoated). I'll see if I can find them and post them up at some point. I have also made a few purpose built larger creatures, a snake, which I don't actually like all that much, I made it rather a long time ago and it looks too childish/cartoonish. I did also make a trifid, but I have no idea where that is at the moment, if I find it I'll post it though.

powa bear
02-08-2009, 03:45
That just sounds awesome!

Dragon Lord
02-08-2009, 23:50
Time for an update!
Apart from the base the chaos lord is now complete, here are some pics of his two halves, to better show off the inside of the cloak and the evil face on his leg.

And some pictures of him complete

The tyranid head turned into a bit of a test of my hivefleet kraken colour scheme as you can perhaps tell.
Finally a picture of the Dragon Lord (yes that's right my username is his honorific title, my avatar is actually a picture of an older model of him later on in his career) leading some of his troops.

You can perhaps also see my basing dilemma, I like the black rock, but I'm not sure how well it would work on a grassy base. However at the moment his base looks really out of place with the rest of the army. Maybe I'll try it grassy and see.

02-08-2009, 23:53
They do look really good, nice evil leg face GRRRRR
Nice shading on the bottom of the cloak aswell.


Dragon Lord
02-08-2009, 23:56
Sorry for the double post, necessary because of the picture limit.
A couple of pictures of some of my other greenstuffimals along with the new snail, not sure how well you can see the cobra on the sorcerer's base.

Also a close up of my icon bearer from the previous post, just because I want to show off my guard-head converted icon:D

Edit:Actually not a double post, ElTanko managed to get a post in before I got the second one up!

03-08-2009, 00:03
Would you like me to send you an Epic Techpriest for your Ad Mech? He would be an awesome addition!

That Chaos Lord looks cool, like there should be a Loyalist lackey's corpse slumped at his feet. Maybe you should try for some tufts of grass in the crevices and leave it at that. Might help merge with the other bases in ur force!

The banner bearer is nice but may I suggest a wash of either Devlan Mud or Gryphonne Sepia over the top part of the standard? That will make the scroll and goldwork pop :) I love the heads by the way!

Keep up the good work. I laughed out loud when I saw ur collection of greenstuff animals.

Magos Errant
03-08-2009, 05:02
Great minis! The animals are very cool. :)

03-08-2009, 07:03
Nice painting...I would add some depth by washing the miniatures with Devlan mud!!!

And do something with the bases

03-08-2009, 09:21
Less Chaos and Tanks...

More Green Stuff art!!!



My name is Daniel and I am a wargamer

Dragon Lord
03-08-2009, 11:24
Would you like me to send you an Epic Techpriest for your Ad Mech? He would be an awesome addition!
That would be very helpful, I'm also thinking of trying I think was the damned artificer's technique of making greenstuff press-moulds on the cog on the back of my IG techpriest. I would be quite happy trade you some bits (or a greenstuffimal), just let me know what you're in need of and I'll see if I have any.

Maybe you should try for some tufts of grass in the crevices and leave it at that. Might help merge with the other bases in ur force!
I might try that, a bit of sand/gravel and some tufts of grass.
The one other thing I'm thinking about is the lightning claws, in the past I've done some streaks of ice blue across power weapons to represent the energy crackling across it (you can probably see it on the aspiring champion in the group shot), but I quite like the drybrushed metal on the lightning claws, so what do you think, blue or no blue?

The metal on the top of the icon does look a bit flat I agree, I'll definitely try doing a wash of devlan mud. It may (or may not be?) difficult to believe but the chaos lord is actually the first mini I've done proper shading and highlighting on, that icon bearer and another 2 I did when the current CSM codex came out got a bit of highlighting on parts of their icons (in this case the heads and skulls), but that's it.

And do something with the bases
I realise now that that icon bearer seems to have missed the static grass, I'll put some on (I tend to apply it in clumps, along with some some occasional little rock piles). I must admit though that my bases are probably the least favourite part of my models so any suggestions are welcome:).

Thanks very much for the compliments and suggestions guys!

03-08-2009, 11:29
I actually thought your topic title is really cool, considering your username. I do have to admit it gave me some false hope on seeing an army of Dragons... But you're forgiven, given the fact that this stuff looks awesome.

One tip, either use washes or drybrush a bit more to give your models more depth. They look a little flat, which is especially noticable on the Imperial Guard heads dangling from the banner (which is awesome by the way).

If you take some dark ink (Badab Black would do fine, though I prefer adding some Gryphonne Sepia to the mix), it will greatly enhance the look of your models.

Kepe up!

03-08-2009, 11:51
Great work on the superheavy.

I like the expansion between the heavy bolter sponsons.

THeres just one thing that I'd suggest though, maybe lose the admech shrine thing from the back plate?

I have always hated that part anyway (much prefer the original FW design), but on a chaos vehicle I think it definately looks a little out of place. Purity seals especially.

I don't think demon's appreciate irony... :)

Dragon Lord
03-08-2009, 19:39
I do have to admit it gave me some false hope on seeing an army of Dragons... But you're forgiven, given the fact that this stuff looks awesome.
Thanks very much. As and when I get around to redoing the other version of my main chaos lord there will be dragons, or at least a fellbeast stolen from the witchking, that version of my chaos lord is my avatar, but sadly it is showing it's age somewhat. It's also sorely in need of some alterations to make it more useable in games.

One tip, either use washes or drybrush a bit more to give your models more depth.They look a little flat, which is especially noticable on the Imperial Guard heads dangling from the banner (which is awesome by the way).
I had been planning to have a go with some devlan mud on the silver parts of that icon, and maybe do a few mithril silver highlights on the gold, but thanks for pointing out the Guard heads. I did do light drybrush of camo green/skull white on them, but I think they were probably the first thing I really tried doing drybrush highlights on and I was a bit frightened of overdoing it, the end result being that you can barely see the highlights at all:( I'll have a go at them too and maybe do a gryphonne sepia wash too, or maybe even thraka green aswell/instead, not sure if that's actually darker than the camo (I got the wash set the other day so now I can do any colour I want:)). On the topic of the Guard heads my other problem is the flesh of the heads, I want it to look recently deceased, but at the moment I'm not very happy with it, I used elf flesh and gave it a drybrush with the same camo green/skull white mix I used on the helmets, which did add to the dead look a little but they still looked too flat and plain. I tried a bit of thraka green on them the other day but wasn't hugely happy with it, I think perhaps a bit of gryphonne sepia to darken up the recesses and then some bleached bone/skull white drybrushing. Anyway I'll give it a go and post some pictures up later for suggestions.

THeres just one thing that I'd suggest though, maybe lose the admech shrine thing from the back plate?
Don't worry, I have plans for the shrine on the back:evilgrin:. I'm hopefully going to be changing it from an Ad Mech shrine to a somewhat more chaosy Dark Mechanicus shrine.

03-08-2009, 21:08
The GS animals are so cute!

Dragon Lord
04-08-2009, 01:36
Update time!

I had a go with some devlan mud on the silver parts of the icons on my icon bearers and then gave them a drybrush of chainmail. I also tried doing a wash of gryphonne sepia over the gold adding a few hard edge highlights in mithril silver, I quite liked the effect on the second icon that has more gold so on the guy with the black cloth banner I decided to have a go at going over all of his gold banding in that fashion, not sure how well you can see it in these pictures though. I also gave the Imperial Guard heads an all-over wash of gryphonne sepia, including the faces and then drybrushed the helmets with a mix of catachan green and skull white, I also gave the eagles a little edge highlight in shining gold.
So what do you think? (other than the sizes of those photos being a tad odd...)

Also happened to get some of my Tyranid ships out earlier so thought I'd post a couple of pictures. At some point I really need to come back to them and blend in the various components with a bit more greenstuff.
A couple of gaunt-weapon escorts and a cruiser based on either a deathspitter or a barbed strangler (can't remember which) and a pair of large scything talons.

One of my hiveships with (really!) massive claws and feeder tentacles, and with the help of Plague Claw why I made the claws that size, they can fit any cruiser and all IN battleships.

Ghaust Mortium
04-08-2009, 03:24
That disturbs me on a number of levels

Dragon Lord
08-08-2009, 23:59
Unfortunately no new pictures in this update and won't be any for a while as I've been borrowing a friends camera to take the pictures (as mine is rubbish and doesn't even have a macro function) and he's currently on holiday, so I only have what pictures I already had at the moment.

Anyway work is continuing on the Stormblade, I think I've got the turret extension to a form I like now so it's just a matter of cutting out and sticking together all the plasticard.

Unfortunately while I quite liked the look of the results on the icon bearers with the gryphonne sepia wash and extra highlighting there was some sort of bizarre reaction between the wash and the burnished gold that meant that any gold that had wash on it became sticky. I didn't notice this until after they'd been put away into the case (as I hadn't held them by a bit with gold on) with the result that they got some bits of detritus stuck to them. I've managed to clean the visible stuff off and have now given them a spray of purity seal to cover it over, which seems to have worked fine, they're perhaps a little bit shinier in some places than before but overall it seems ok (I'd never used purity seal on a model before now), but none the less it was a rather annoying experience. I spoke to one of the guys at my local GW who was equally non-plussed as to what could have happened, I'm going to paint up some sprue with burnished gold and then wash it and see if it happens again, and if so take the sprue and the offending paints down to the store.

Bizarre occurences aside I've also started work on what will be a decorative piece, a couple of pictures of it pre-undercoat below.

I decided a while ago that I wanted to make a ornanament-cum-paper weight type thing for each of my close friends, among other things as something to remember me by when we all go our separate ways after university. What I decided on was a standard bearer, painted in their favourite colour with their initials on the banner on a 60mm decorative base. The above is one of the first three that I've made (the other two are below), it will have turquoise armour and the stonework will be a limestone like colour, at the moment I'm going with grey robes and silver edging as I can't think of anything else that would go with turquoise, if you have any ideas do let me know. Given that this was my first attempt at making banners out of greenstuff I think they went quite well, I did realise afterwards that I would have liked to put a bit of a flick at the bottom of the hanging banners to show them being blown in the wind but I think a little bit of careful bending in some hot water has done a decent job. The pose on the one in the temple is the one I like best so far, it's supposed to look like he was standing there guarding the banner and then heard something off to his left and so pulled up his plasma pistol and turned his head suddenly, I'm still not sure about the auspex on the one standing on the mountain-top though. This will also be my first attempt at slightly larger scale free hand doing the initials and a background on the banners, so hopefully that will go ok.


Comments and criticism welcome as always.

09-08-2009, 00:44
Okay, comments...

Firstly, leave your Lord's lightning claws as they are if you're dithering- I think they look solid and mean as is. What I might suggest is a little edge highlighting around his eye slits to make the face more prominent, as it is it just looks black (might just be the picture).

Secondly, on highlighting. You talk about drybrushing highlights on over washes, which is great. No problem there. HOWEVER, have you tried just slapping some Devlan on those banners and leaving it at that? In my experience using the washes leaves natural highlighted areas anyway and saves me alot of time. That may not be to your taste tho!

Are you watering down ur washes? I find I get better results undiluted, it's hard to make out the washing on the banner bearers. I still like them!

Love the Nid ships and those claws n tentacles are just bonkers!

Your paper weight project idea is a novel one and I look forward to seeing more of that. I suggest you make the models as robust as possible- no frilly plastic niceties hanging off them and maybe a heavy washer under the base for stability? That's assuming your friend's are unfamiliar with models like this of course!

Hope you forgive my longwinded message, I have PMed you about the Ad Mech bits by way of apology haha!

Dragon Lord
09-08-2009, 23:46
That's a good point about the face, I think it is just black at the moment apart from the red eyes obviously, but they're difficult to see, I might try doing a bit of edge highlighting around the eyes.

The silver parts (boltgun metal) I think would be perfectly fine just with the wash and no highlighting afterwards, I really felt the gold needed it though. I didn't water down the washes no, I think it's one of those cases where the camera doesn't do a very good job of showing it, if you look at the gold on the icon of the middle icon bearer, which did get washed and highlighted, and compare it to the gold on his armour, which didn't, I think you might be able to see the difference.

I believe all of my friends have some idea of the delicacy of models like this, but I will be trying to make them fairly robust nonetheless. I'm planning on making, or buying if I can find a reasonably priced source, wooden plinths for them that should add some weight solidity.

Long winded messages are always welcome, it means you're making useful comments:)

Dragon Lord
29-08-2009, 22:18
Been a while since my last update, sorry about that, I've been quite busy with various non-painting and modelling related things.
Anyway I do have a few things to show for my absence.
First up a Word Bearer strike cruiser (devastation class cruiser), the Eternal Jihad, named for Jihad_Ragsta who provided the strike cruiser prow along with some bits that were used on the next ship.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log046.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log047.jpg

Secondly an Adeptus Mechanicus forgeship, the Omnissiah's Blessing.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log042.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log043.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log044.jpg
The vacant square of plasticard on the sides is waiting for a greenstuff ad. mech. symbol that I will hopefully be producing using a press-mold off a techpriest.

Finally I've made some progress on the ornament/paper-weight.
The stone and robes are done and the armour just needs a highlight, the trim and details haven't been started yet as you can see.

As ever comments and criticism always welcome.

29-08-2009, 23:14
Interesting ship, the first one, with the book, very different :)
Second looks good aswell, a bit "blunter" and bulkier.


30-08-2009, 09:45
I'm moving this thread to the new Random Project Logs forum.


30-08-2009, 10:24
I'm moving this thread to the new General GW & FW Science Fiction Project Logs forum.


31-08-2009, 22:26
Dang, those scratchbuilds are impressive, mate! I really like what you've done with the strike cruiser and that massiiiiive book on the prow cool!!

That's a LOT of sprue work you've done for the Ad Mech ship there, I am impressed. Now I feel challenged to produce somthing similarly improvised, nice!

Pleased to see an update, now let's have something else haha! Keep up the good work.

Dragon Lord
09-09-2009, 22:44
Glad you like the ships eltanko and Jihad, unfortunately the Eternal Jihad has already lost the two antennae behind the cathedral bridge, well it lost one and I couldn't find it so I removed the other one too. I didn't mention it before but I think the cathedral itself is a bit too tall, I think if I do another bridge like this I'll make it a couple of millimetres shorter.
So anyway first update in our new location in General 40k logs, I must say I'm still getting used to the new arrangement of the log forums, it has certainly reduced the jostle to remain on the first page though.
What we have today is the completed ornament/paper-weight project.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log049.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log050.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log053.jpg

By the standards of some of the other work here on Warseer the banner is nothing special but as my first attempt at free hand work like that I think it is isn't too bad.

Comments and critiques welcome as always.

09-09-2009, 23:33
Nothing wrong with the banner at all. It stands out very nicely, very neatly painted.
All in all, looks very good.


Dragon Lord
13-09-2009, 23:17
Thanks very much eltanko.

Now here's another BFG ship, the Inquisition Black ship Noctis Ateri.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log059.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log058.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log055.jpg

Hope you like it. If I ever do something else I want to put an Inquisition symbol on I think I shall have to find a better way of doing it as while it has turned out ok that symbol was one of the most fiddly things I've ever done, the cross bars on the I are made out of 0.5mm plasticard and are only 1mm x 1-1.5mm square!

14-09-2009, 07:31
Well, you did a good job of that symbol is all I can say! Very nice job on the Inq. ship, those are cool wings too ;)

Nice work on your ornament, Dragon Lord, I really like that banner you've done! It's actually my initials, we must be sharing a worrying psychic link.

I think that work like this bodes very well for the future, you have some good plastic skills with the conversions on those BFG and your freehand work on the banner was very good too.

Dragon Lord
23-09-2009, 00:11
Thanks for the compliments Jihad, that is a funny coincidence with the initials, the friend that one is for also has the initials PB.

So it's been a little while since I last did an update but I have got back to doing some work on the Stormblade. As you can see the turret extension is now made up in plasticard and the pulpit now has a lectern complete with book of unholy scripture, I've also started riveting as you may be able to see on the sponson section by the pulpit.

I've also done some work on the shrine on the back to chaosify it a bit, I've given the skull a horn that is bursting through the top of the shrine, the cog and horned skull, possibly overlain over a chaos star is what I'm thinking of using as a Dark Mechanicus symbol.

Next we have the Dark Apostle whose ride this stormblade is to be, at the moment he's just held together with blu-tac to test poses.

And here he is in the pulpit on the stormblade, I'm thinking of cutting the gun off his right hand and magnetising it so that I can have him thumping his fist on the lectern when he's in the stormblade.

Finally, here's a ray I made with some left over green stuff.

23-09-2009, 09:26
Great stuff, love your designs, on a side note i think the chaos lord looks fine without the grass, nice contrast

25-09-2009, 08:15
Great log, with loads of variation! You should go ahead and post all your scratchbuilt BFG stuff in the "In space..." thread, it'd generate quite an interest I think :)



25-09-2009, 22:15
Nice work on the tank, if anything I'd say add more Chaosification! That pulpit is ace.

I think that hanging a few skeletons over the exhausts might look kinda cool and evil... Maybe the charred remnants of victims strapped the boiling hot metal in earlier times... Okay I need my medication right now.

Dragon Lord
26-09-2009, 00:11
Great log, with loads of variation! You should go ahead and post all your scratchbuilt BFG stuff in the "In space..." thread, it'd generate quite an interest I think
Thanks BeatTheBeat, I will probably drip some of my stuff into the 'In space no-one can hear you scratchbuild' thread gradually, don't want to overload it by dumping loads of stuff in in one go.

Nice work on the tank, if anything I'd say add more Chaosification! That pulpit is ace.
Thanks Jihad, don't worry there will be a lot more chaosification:evilgrin:, I'm still thinking about attempting to construct/sculpt a giant version of those gun barrel gargoyles for the end of the plasma blastgun. Not sure whether or not that will happen (I'm a bit apprehensive of trying such an ambitious sculpt), but anyway. I am working on a big stormblade-scale dozer blade at the moment, that might be a good place to hang a skeleton perhaps as there is a big blank space in the middle of it at the moment, a skeleton or two hanging over the exhausts might be an idea too.

Dragon Lord
29-09-2009, 22:30
Time for an update, I've finished the dozer blade and done quite a lot more chaosification on the stormblade, pretty much the only thing left to do is the organ, which will have to wait until I get some more plastic tubing so I'm going to be taking a break from the stormblade for a while and make a start on the next of my ornaments (the one with the column on the previous page).

Anyway here are the pictures:
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/log076.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/log078.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/log079.jpg

Here's a close up of the detail on the dozer blade

and a picture of the Dark Apostle showing the long parchment strips I've done on his shoulder pads. In the stormblade pics you can see him banging his fist on the lectern during his sermon, I just need to get some small cylindrical magnets so I can switch him between fist banging and holding his gun without using blu-tac.

01-10-2009, 05:23
Nice work on the stormblade, the dozer blade looks great.


02-10-2009, 21:18
That is a true beast of a tank! And please add some small, possibly horned mutant-animal somewhere on the hull. Your stuffoological collection is really nice. ;)

Interesting weapon for the Dark Apostle, too. If you added a few straining faces into the Stormblade's flanks, it could make this one of the best Chaos Undivided vehicles ever.

Excellent BFG scratchbuilding. I don't know if it is your funny battleship-chewing hiveship or the greatly detailed forgeship that I like best, but they're all good!

03-10-2009, 09:50
Dragonlord, how are you getting such clean cuts with your plasticard? That dozer blade and the Chao Icon on it look really smoothly done. I imagin you'll be painting all the battle damage onto it rather than cutting and drilling holes into it?

The tank looks awesome, really coming together nicely! I agree that you should a little greenstuff creature to it!

That Wordbearer still looks badass BUT... Those scrolls have worked well but the blobs at the top of each one don't look quite right. They're meant to be purity seal type things right? I think they need a 'dimple' in each one to make them look better.

Look under 'Purity Seals' on this link (http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/242387.page).

I think you'll really like that link actually, your greenstuff skills are quite good already but this will probably compliment them!

Keep it up, mate!

Dragon Lord
05-10-2009, 23:28
Thanks very much guys. I will see about the possibility of adding a little greenstuff animal, possibly using Eater of Small Things nurglings as inspiration. Probably won't be an update for a few days yet though as I've just gone back to uni and am still getting everything settled at the moment.

Dragonlord, how are you getting such clean cuts with your plasticard? That dozer blade and the Chao Icon on it look really smoothly done. I imagin you'll be painting all the battle damage onto it rather than cutting and drilling holes into it?
I just cut carefully along pre-drawn lines with a sharp knife and only cut part way through and then snap it if I can. I also use a small file and some very fine sandpaper to straigten any edges that are a bit off. The chaos star on the dozer blade also had its edges bevelled which may have helped. I haven't quite decided what to do about battle damage on the dozer blade yet, for the most part all battle damage I've done in the past has been painted on but I'm still considering doing a few cut/drilled scars.

That Wordbearer still looks badass BUT... Those scrolls have worked well but the blobs at the top of each one don't look quite right. They're meant to be purity seal type things right? I think they need a 'dimple' in each one to make them look better.
Look under 'Purity Seals' on this link.
I think you'll really like that link actually, your greenstuff skills are quite good already but this will probably compliment them!
Thanks for pointing that out, I realise that in my excitement about getting as far as I did I forgot to do the wax seals at the top of the scrolls. The link was helpful too, I would never have thought of doing a robe that way, definitely something to try at some point.

I meant to say in my last post that I've pretty much decided against doing a gargoyle/dragon head for the plasma blastgun now as looking at the photos I think it would overpower the rest of the model.

Eater of Small Things
07-10-2009, 01:01
It's funny that you've been wondering what other people do with their extra green stuff. It's an interesting question. Lately, my leftovers get turned into new nurglings, though I must say manta rays are definitely more stylish. :p

Keep up the good work. Love that dozer blade and icon. I think you can get by without scratching it up. It looks more imposing this way (maybe it's imbued by some warp aura that makes it resilient to mundane battle damage).

Dragon Lord
22-12-2009, 14:23
What's this, *gasp* it's an update. Yes sorry it's been such a long time since I last updated this, uni kept me far busier than I had hoped so I wasn't able to get any painting or modelling done. It now being the vacation I have been able to get some stuff done.

So here is the first thing I have done some work on, the second one of those ornaments I'm making.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log082.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log083.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log084.jpg

I think this one shows better the marble effect I'm trying to do on the base.

The figure is just at base coat stage at the moment but it is pretty much ready to start on shading and highlighting

And for something a little different here is a simple foamboard bastion I'm making for my local club
It will be getting a few more details, some buttresses around the base and possibly heavy bolters at the middle level on the sides without firing slits but I'm aiming to keep it quite simple so that once this one is done I can produce more quickly and easily, and so that other people in the club can make them easily using the plans I'm making.

And now a little introduction to what will be my next large project.

Lieutenant Lucas Harker poured himself a mug of tea as he sat in the building his platoon had holed up in. Those damned chaos scum were proving very tough to shift and he welcomed this short period of respite as it seemed the traitor marines had eased up on their fire at his building. He took a sip and then set the mug down on piece of fallen masonry next to him. He was just going through in his mind what the options for his platoon were from here to take advantage of the diminished chaos force in the buildings on the other side of the highway when there was a deep rumbling thud that made the liquid in the mug tremble and his blood run cold. He waited listening intently, and sure enough there was another thud, slightly stronger than the first. Lucas recognised the sound of those thuds and he knew that their forces didn't have any titans operating nearby. The Lieutenant leapt up and yelled at his troops to run and for the rear of the building and take whatever cover they could as there came another thud, now alarmingly close. Lucas dashed towards the back of the building himself as he heard the terrible high-pitched whine that accompanied a large plasma weapon powering up and just managed to dive behind a large slab of fallen rockcrete before the whine peaked and the entire front of the building exploded in a shower of superheated fragments. Before the smoke from the explosion had had a chance to clear the titan opened fire with a mega-bolter, raining massive calibre shells into the building. He could hear the screams of his men and knew that there was nothing they could do against such a huge machine at this point and that the best he could hope for was to get himself, and as many of his men as possible out of the building alive. He ordered a general retreat over his micro-bead comm and was just turning to run himself when the clouds of smoke parted for a second and he saw their attacker, a warhound titan crouching low in an aggressive stance, hideous heretical iconography daubed all over it's hull. He paused for just a moment, mesmerised by its terrifying power, and then ran after what remained of his platoon.

Yep, I have a chaos warhound titan, though I am going to try and resist the urge to start work on it until the stormblade is a little closer to completion.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed the little bit of fiction and as always comments and criticism are very welcome.

22-12-2009, 20:20
Hey there :-),

nice marble effect there, looks even better on the stairs I think :-)
Well done.
Are you going to gloss it? since marble looks always really shiny.

Keep it up,


23-12-2009, 22:07
Aha excellent, an update! That's a very nice marble effect you've achieved, Dragon Lord, and the bastion is coming along nicely.

Nice little piece of fluff, darnrude of Chaos to disturb a nice cup of tea :mad:

Dragon Lord
30-12-2009, 22:32
Thanks very much guys, also I notice that someone has rated my log as 5 stars, not sure if I deserve that but thanks very much:)

I haven't quite decided whether to gloss varnish the marble when its finished, but I probably will, as you say marble is usually highly polished and very shiny.

Anyway small update tonight, though I have actually done more than is easily visible.

I've magnetised all of the lascannon turrets on the stormblade as you can see in the picture below and I've also magnetised the pulpit, the turret extension and the engine hatches. All told the stormblade now contains at least 20 magnets.

I have also magnetised the Dark Apostle's gun (you may be able to tell it isn't being held on with blu-tac anymore), and I have done the seals at the top of his parchment strips.

Finally a little Christmas present I got, may I present Technomage Adraxis Farn.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log088.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log089.jpg
He is going to be the chief engineer looking after my warhound, and I'm thinking will think of it a bit as his pet. To give him a touch of chaos-ness about him I've given his servo skull a horn and him a tentacle like tail. You may also have noticed that I gave him the title 'Technomage' rather than 'Techpriest' as I decided that over the 10000 years since the Heresy the titles used by those tech-adepts that went over to chaos will have drifted somewhat away from those used by the Adeptus Mechanicus, and in a way other than just appending the word 'dark' to the beginning. I'm thinking of using Tech-Lord and High Tech-Lord for Magos and Archmagos, but I'm not entirely sure about those so do let me know what you what you think.

Dragon Lord
07-01-2010, 23:29
Something of a bits and pieces update today.

Firstly I've done some more work on the ornament, I've finished doing the marble effect and given it a coat of gloss varnish to give a highly polished appearance.
I've now done all of the washes and highlights on the figure, except for finishing off the plasma pistol, as well, so all that's left is to do the free hand work on the banner and the shoulder pads.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log100.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log101.jpg

For a bit of a divergence I've been trying out the GW spray gun that I got a while ago on an Abrams tank I have (which you may be able to see in the background of some of the earlier pictures). The base coat went on very well, and definitely much quicker and easier than using a normal brush, so I decided to have a go at doing some camoflage and I must say I'm very happy with the result. I got some spots on the front but that was the bit I did first and I think was more a result of me being inexperienced with it and I managed to cover them up fairly well.

Also using the spray gun I made a start on painting this foamboard building that I made a while ago.

And finally I put some buttresses around the base of the bastion.

This will probably be the last update for a little while as hopefully, if the snow allows, I will be going back to uni this weekend.

Anyway as usual comments and critiscism welcome.

09-01-2010, 22:45
Dang! Well firstly that is some excellent terrain you're working on there, more angles please :) Quite a good advertisement for a spray gun I must say- nice work.

That's a really nice looking space marine piece, I could see an entire army in that paint scheme. How did you do the gold? Also, kudos for the writing on the purity seal (well, tabard or whatever that thing on his shoulder is).

Marble effect absolutely ace mate :) Enjoy the return to uni.

10-01-2010, 03:27
Loving pretty much all of this project log so far.
The banner guys look awesome and use green stuff very well.
The Lord is painted very nicely and it makes me want to re paint mine now.
The Stormblade is looking great with the pulpit an the double sponson set up.
All the BFG is looking pretty good to.

Well done in general and cant wait to see the Stormblade painted up.

Dragon Lord
18-01-2010, 00:00
Thank you very much Jihad and bigcheese76.

Well I got back to uni ok, despite the weather, so now I'm settled back in I suppose it's time for an update!

I've taken some pictures of the building from some other angles as requested along with a couple of other buildings I've made (defiler included for scale).
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log108.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log110.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log111.jpg
The bunker was made using the plans in the 4th ed rulebook and was the first building I made. The building with the gothic windows was actually made after the building with square windows but got painted first because I liked it more, and was like the square-windowed building made to my own design.

I've also done some more work on the banner bearer, it's still not quite done as I need to do the initials on the banner and do something on the shoulder pads, but it's nearly there now. I've also finished off the plasma pistol which you can probably see in the picture too.

To answer your question about the gold Jihad, it is shining gold washed with gryphonne sepia then drybrushed with burnished gold and finally given a few edge highlights of mithril silver on the sharpest edges. The chest eagle was given a light drybrush of mithril silver in between the burnished gold drybrush and the edge highlighting to make it stand out a bit more.

19-01-2010, 13:27
Looking great man! You really got some plastic card skills! I really like your BFG stuff, but I should add that you might want to add more detail to the wings of that Word Bearer ship.

Dragon Lord
14-02-2010, 14:47
Thanks for the compliments Malika. The Word Bearer ship does have some raised panels on the wings to try and break up the flat expanse a little bit but they don't show up very will in the pictures. I might well return to it at some point and do a bit more work on them as I do agree that they could perhaps do with a little something more.

Anyway, so, long time no update. I have however now finished the banner bearer ornament.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log117.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log121.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log120.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log119.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log118.jpg

The banner has had the initials painted and I've done the shoulder pads, the right one has his name, 'Merenare', and his personal heraldry and the left has the sword from the banner and the motto/phrase 'Sol Invictus'.

Dragon Lord
18-02-2010, 11:01
So I was feeling slightly bored last night and haven't built anything for a while so I knocked this up in a spare hour or so.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log124.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log126.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log127.jpg

The intention was for it to be a Thousand Sons/Tzeentchian vessel so I gave it lots of antennae to act as psychic conductors, I imagine lightning crackling up and down them waiting to be released at enemy vessels. I also intended the bridge to look like a silver tower of Tzeentch. I quite like the way the prow looks but I'm not really sure about the way the bridge turned out, I might take the big tower off and either replace it with more, smaller, ones or make a more standard bridge, thoughts?

18-02-2010, 16:01
Dragon's Den... or ... a glimpse into the mind of a mad, mad man!

Seriously great work on the BFG, loving all your ships. Super Heavy chaos vehicle is scary and not in a good way!

Excellent work all round.


18-02-2010, 18:25
Can't believe I've never posted here...

The ship looks great, fits into the scheme very well without going over board.

Dragon Lord
22-02-2010, 18:10
Dragon's Den... or ... a glimpse into the mind of a mad, mad man!
It is probably an indication of my madness that I take that as high praise indeed!;) Thanks very much daemonkin.

Can't believe I've never posted here...
The ship looks great, fits into the scheme very well without going over board.
Nice to see you drop in Gomez, can't blame you for not having posted here before really though, my posts aren't regular enough to keep it near the surface of the forum for long.
Thanks for the comment about the ship, I'll probably leave it as it is, as and when I ever do another similar one I might try going about it differently though.

Dragon Lord
18-05-2010, 01:28
Blows dust and cobwebs off thread. Aaaah, spiders!!

So it's been almost 3 months since the last update, I do have some some excuses, I have been doing and then writing up my masters project, but nonetheless I think its long past time for an update, don't you?

So what do I have for you? Well I have finally got around to working on the organ for the back of the stormblade.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log128.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log130.jpg
It isn't quite finished yet, I still have some more pipes to do, you may just be able to see the indentations in the blu-tac marking out where they are going to go. Then I have detailing to do on the organ and make the organist, currently just a sentinel crewman sitting on a blu-tac blob, but who will eventually be a 4 armed virtuoso (hopefully at least).

I have also decided to start a new on going project that I can dip into every so often, which will be a cross between a tour through the laboratories of a High Tech-Lord of the Dark Mechanicum and a gradual build up of a Dark Mechanicus army. To that end I got some rather interesting legs from Micro Art Studios (http://www.microartstudio.com/) with the intention of making some Skitarii. Unfortunately as you can see in the photo below, while they look good they are rather larger than I had been expecting.
As a result I am going to use them for the personal bodyguards of the Tech-Lord himself and go for a slightly Magna Guard (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Magna_guard) style look using a mix of space wolf and chaos terminator pieces and drawing some inspiration from the excellent truescale marines around on warseer. When I got the legs from Micro Art I also got some interesting bases that can represent parts of the Tech-Lord's base/laboratory.
The smaller bases are 25mm for the flat sided ones and 30mm for the rounded ones, and will not be big enough for the bodyguards so I will get some more 40mm ones. Before I do the bodyguards however I am working on the model that will go on the large 60mm base. I'm not going to give too much away until its a bit further progressed, but I will pose you this question: If a Dark Mechanicum adept could get hold of one creature to experiment with, what would it be and what would they do with it? The person with the closest answer gets a cookie and the knowledge that they think like an adept of the Dark Mechanicum:chrome:

18-05-2010, 20:22
Carnifex is Gomez' answer :D They'd blind it, attach worky gubbinz and have an adeptus walking behind it..

18-05-2010, 20:28
Lovely organ!

That kinda sounds wrong...

Anyway, I'm interested in what you are going to do with the legs from Micro Arts. Bought a pack myself to use for some Wood Elves, but as you noted they are just way too big.

18-05-2010, 21:31
Excellent organ! Erm...

Did you use a tube cutter for all those pipes? I'm not sure about this but are you gonna address the 'air hole' thing church organs have going on? The red slits here (http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://studiophototrope.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/the-church-organ.jpg&imgrefurl=http://studiophototrope.wordpress.com/2009/01/05/the-church-organ/&h=1368&w=1728&sz=2602&tbnid=7GK-u52drvxguM:&tbnh=119&tbnw=150&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dchurch%2Borgan&hl=en&usg=__9WfLLoxwScPl3KleZsM-pWnV6Gk=&ei=wvjyS-i0NIv80wS8t72dDQ&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=5&ct=image&ved=0CCoQ9QEwBA).

It looks great already tho :)

My first thought was an Ogryn, cybernetically enhanced. But that's a bit of a naff Vraks cop out... How about a Xenos (heresy!) boosted and augmented with combat mechadenrites? Like THIS (http://www.hasslefreeminiatures.co.uk/pack.php?pack=2270).

19-05-2010, 16:01
Everything looks fantastic mate, the BFG scratch building is impressive for its sheer tinyness and the stormblade looks bad ass with that dozer blade on it, consider it nicked ;)



Dragon Lord
21-05-2010, 23:46
Carnifex is Gomez' answer :D They'd blind it, attach worky gubbinz and have an adeptus walking behind it..
And Gomez gets it on the nose first time!:D
I would like to get a bit more bit done on it before I post it up here, but with exams looming I'm not sure if that will happen. If I don't get any more done on it by the end of next week I'll post it up in its current state and probably leave it until after exams (middle of June).

Thanks for the complements on the organ.

Did you use a tube cutter for all those pipes? I'm not sure about this but are you gonna address the 'air hole' thing church organs have going on? The red slits here.
No tube cutter, though I'm sure that having one would have sped the process up somewhat. I carefully dotted a line around the tube in pencil then cut part way through the wall all round and snapped it. I think it was Tommygun I have to thank for the idea of only cutting part way through and snapping (I hadn't thought of doing that for tubes), and it does lead to a much straighter cut. I have thought about the 'air holes' and do plan to include them, I haven't decided exactly how I want to do them yet though, I will test it on some of the tubes for the middle that you won't be able to see.

Anyway, I'm interested in what you are going to do with the legs from Micro Arts. Bought a pack myself to use for some Wood Elves, but as you noted they are just way too big.
I can imagine they would be even worse for Wood Elves than my planned Skitarii. I would be happy if my work with them as and when I get around to doing my bodyguards is of any help.

the stormblade looks bad ass with that dozer blade on it, consider it nicked ;)
Hehe, you're quite welcome Sheep, I'm always happy when someone takes inspiration from something I've done.

Dragon Lord
22-06-2010, 01:12
If I don't get any more done on it by the end of next week I'll post it up in its current state and probably leave it until after exams (middle of June).
Ok, so I was consumed by exams before I got around to posting it up in its then current state. However exams are now over and after spending a couple of days celebrating (read; drinking heavily) today I got around to doing some modelling. So may I present Experiment Carnifex Alpha-1:
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log134.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log135.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log136.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log137.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log138.jpg

It is by no means complete at this stage; the battlecannon needs some more detailing, the canisters feeding into its brain need some more attention and there are various other bionic additions I plan to make (such as replacing the end of its tail with a buzzsaw and putting some extra bracing on its left leg).

As ever comments and criticism always welcome, and as I have quite a bit more free time now I should actually be updating a bit more regularly!

22-06-2010, 10:29
His left arm is bionic, what about a right bionic leg?

Dragon Lord
23-06-2010, 01:11
I've made a start on detailing the battlecannon and doing the bracing on the left leg. The idea behind the pistons on the leg is that the battlecannon is a bit on the heavy side even for a carnifex so they are to strengthen its leg and help it support the cannon.
So far I've only put pistons on the outside of the leg as you can see below. Should I put some on the inside too or leave them as just being on the outside?

His left arm is bionic, what about a right bionic leg?
The right hand side does look a bit in need of some bionic additions. I wasn't sure about replacing the entire leg but what I am going to do is give him a bionic foot.
and scale pic
It is styled on the feet of the warhound titan

23-06-2010, 10:54
I say leave out the internal bracing- it will hardly ever be noticed and save you some hassle. Very nice bionic foot there, good plasticard skills.

Looking forward to seeing some detail on the cannon and bionic bits in general- I think it will be important otherwise you'll just have a Fex with a big cannon strapped on. Ooer.

I like the idea of having an Ad Mech trailing aong behind it! Perhaps plugged into it via a cable of something! Keep up the good work :)

Dragon Lord
11-07-2010, 00:07
I like the idea of having an Ad Mech trailing aong behind it! Perhaps plugged into it via a cable of something!
Hmm, now that is an interesting idea, I can just imagine a bundle of cables coming out of the left side of its head and leading to a control held by an Adept. Said Adept would need to be careful about staying away from the buzzsaw on its tail though, hmm, I will definitely have a think about that one. Thanks for the idea Jihad!

Anyway about time for an update I say!

Not that much in terms of exciting new things but I have been making progress.

Experiment Carnifex Alpha-1 now has a bionic left foot and some sort of access plate on its carapace.
And I have also made a start on the buzzsaw for the tail.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log145.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log148.jpg

The organ for the stormblade is also finally approaching completion, I have added all of the pipes, with slits on the visible ones, and done the lower of the two keyboards, just the upper keyboard and the stops to go!

Finally as I had it all out to measure things up for a nice new storage case from KR I thought I would take a picture of my entire BFG collection.
From right to left, tyranids, space marines (Dark Angels), chaos, defences and miscellaneous.

Dragon Lord
12-07-2010, 22:54
I felt like a little change today and haven't done a BFG scratchbuild for a while so I decided I would make a light cruiser.

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log149.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log150.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log151.jpg

And a scale pic with my explorator vessel.

There is obviously still quite a lot of work to do on it but it is shaping up nicely at the moment I think (even if it is a little smaller than I had originally intended).

Comments and criticism welcome as always.

13-07-2010, 22:32
Looking good fella! You deserve major kudos for cutting all those slots in the organ tubes!

Liking the light cruiser so far- you're annoying me tho as I have been meaning to get started on two light cruisers of my own!

Any chance of a tutorial on how you did the prow?

The Carni is shaping up nicely but can I get a shot of the head? Not sure I like what's happening to his right eye... Unless there's still an optic to go on it that is!

Dammit... *wanders off to start sketching light cruiser plans*

Dragon Lord
14-07-2010, 15:04
Thanks Jihad.

Liking the light cruiser so far- you're annoying me tho as I have been meaning to get started on two light cruisers of my own!
A little bit of encouragement to get yours done then I suppose! I had been thinking of doing a grand cruiser, slightly inspired by your work on the Brandenburg, but decided to do a light cruiser first.

Any chance of a tutorial on how you did the prow?
Sure. I'll make another one or do a card one so I can take pictures at different stages, as I don't think trying to describe it entirely in words would be that helpful.

The Carni is shaping up nicely but can I get a shot of the head? Not sure I like what's happening to his right eye... Unless there's still an optic to go on it that is!
There are a couple of pictures a few posts further back up that should give you a better view of the head, but if you'd like a different view let me know and I'll get one. The right eye-piece has three optical receptors of different sizes at the moment.

Dragon Lord
17-07-2010, 23:51
Right time for an update.
The light cruiser is now finished, as those of you who are familiar with BFG may be able to guess, it is a Dauntless class. Apologies if some of pictures aren't the best, it is quite difficult getting the lighting right to photograph something that is completely white.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log153.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log155.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log154.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log156.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log157.jpg

I have also made another prow, which will probably be used for another light cruiser, to do a tutorial for you Jihad.
The prow is made from 5 pieces, with the pictures here (http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log158.jpg) and here (http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log159.jpg) showing their relative sizes. Where the sides of adjacent pieces are different lengths this is, as you can probably guess, to take into account the thickness of the plastic. The next step is to score and bend the side pieces as shown here (http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log160.jpg). The pieces can then be assembled to make the prow (http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/BFG/log161.jpg). This one is slightly larger than the first one as I thought the first light cruiser turned out a little on the small side. Hope that was helpful:)

Dragon Lord
27-07-2010, 22:27
Quite a big update today.
I've finally finished the stormblade (apart from a tiny bit of greenstuff gap filling), the model with which I started this log a year ago.
The main change since the last update is that I have finished the organ and in particular I have made the organist. I also magnetised the plasma blastgun, which would allow me to swap it for a different weapon, but was also a trial run for magnetising the parts of my warhound, which will be one of the next things on the agenda now the stormblade is finished.
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Dragon Lord
27-07-2010, 22:42
Update part 2.
One final bit about the stormblade, I have discovered that the earphones from my MP3 player fit nicely underneath the turret extension (you can see the wires coming out of the back in the picture below), meaning that I can now have the organ really play music! My particular favourite being getting it to playBach's toccata and fugue in D minor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipzR9bhei_o).

As well as finishing the stormblade I have also now finished experiment carnifex alpha-1. I have put the buzzsaw tail on and embedded a piece of guitar wire into its tail to supply power to the buzzsaw and act as replacement spinal cord. I've also added a field generator and projecting vanes to the scything talon, turning into a power weapon and done quite a bit of greenstuff work to merge some of the components together.
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28-07-2010, 10:14
...That's... Just great :) I love the organ player- that you can play music out of the sucker is even cooler! This piece is looking gorgeous- the only thing I would suggest is maybe spice up the plasticard siding you've added between the side sponsons. Not sure what with, maybe even just some Chaos runes.

The Fex looks cool, it will make a nice piece to sit on your desk. I like the bionic eye now ;)

I'd forgotten about your Warhound... And incidentally I also forgot about your greenstuff animals :P

Dragon Lord
05-08-2010, 19:02
Thanks Jihad, I can't say I blame you for forgetting about the Warhound I have had it for over six months now, it seems to take me quite a long time to get around to doing things (as is perhaps obvious since we started our logs at around the same time and while yours is 22 pages long mine is only 4 pages). The blank spaces on the sponsons I am planning to fill with scripture and Word Bearer symbols when I eventually get around to painting the stormblade.
Coincidentally regarding greenstuff animals I did in fact start on a new one when finishing off the carnifex, but it needed a little bit of extra work after the first lot of greenstuff dried. I have now finished it, so here it is (though unfortunately the camera seems to have decided to focus on the Imperial Guardsman):

I've started doing a bit of work on my uber-skitarii/techno bodyguards
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log178.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log179.jpg
Quite basic thus far, but I think the terminator body works, the only thing I am slightly undecided on is if it needs any widening (that is if when viewed from the front it looks a bit narrow), what do you think? I'm going to use terminator arms, sliced up and extended with plasticard, over which I might well sculpt greenstuff sleeves and I'm going to need to make heads for them too as normal marine heads look too small, though as I am probably going to give them hoods all I really need to do is make a face with some bulk behind it to sculpt the hood over.

I also washed the pieces of my titan and gave them a checking over to look for miscasts, there is one piece on the bottom of the torso where there is a slight gap along one edge of a hatch because the resin went too thin but I don't think it's enough to worry about. The only piece I think I might get in touch with forgeworld about is the plasma blastgun as it has quite a few places where the resin has kind of 'bubbled out' obscuring/filling in details as shown in the pics
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log181-1.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log183-1.jpg
It also had a number of small pieces of pink rubbery material (I presume small chunks of the mold) stuck in recesses in the model.
Anyway moving away from problems I decided that I'm going to steal BigJon's (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=264728) idea of using the battlescape terrain piece for the base of my titan and should be getting one in the post in the next day or two.

Finally we have this guy
Nothing particularly special in the model itself (at least not until it's painted), but the character the model is to represent has an interesting back story.
Called Zarbon, he was originally the aspiring champion of my 'fire support' squad with a famously inaccurate lascannon marine and rarely got up to anything exciting. This changed in one game I had against Tau however, thus earning him a promotion. I was being absolutely slaughtered, it was a 1500 point game and by the end of I think turn 2 or 3 I had lost everthing except Zarbon's squad, who had been sitting at the back guarding my objective, in exchange for a pirahna and a few pathfinders. Zarbon's squad then started to be whittled down for little more Tau loses until it was just Zarbon left. By this point the entire Tau army was arrayed around Zarbon with almost everything having range and line of sight, so with both myself and my opponent expecting to be shaking hands very soon the Tau shooting phase started and it was here that things started to change. The entire Tau army rained down all of the firepower they could muster, but all of it either missed or I passed my cover/armour saves, so at the end of it Zarbon was still standing there defiantly. My opponent was rather frustrated with this upstart marine defying the Greater Good and so charged him with a squad of battlesuits, a some firewarriors, some pathfinders and commander shadowsun. Now though Tau are hardly known for being good in combat again both myself and my opponent were expecting Zarbon's imminent death. As he has higher initiative and the Tau were charging into cover he went first and managed to kill a pathfinder, so I thought well at least he gets to go down fighting, but then all of the Tau either missed or pinged off armour and then every single one of them failed their leadership test, even Shadowsun. So now I was laughing and told Zarbon he'd already earned promotion but that if he cut them all down (as he seemed quite likely to do with the Tau initiative of 2) I'd elevate him to a daemon prince there and then. Evidently he was a bit surprised by this turn of events and let the Tau run away, but the sight of that many Tau, including the leader of the 4th sphere expansion, running away from a single aspiring champion was very funny. Zarbon also managed to recover himself a bit by catching the firewarriors, who hadn't run very far, and slaughtering them (as they failed their test to regroup) and then proceeded to survive another entire turn of Tau shooting. Unfortunately the Tau weren't going to make the mistake of getting into assault range again and he eventually succumbed in the next turn. So although he hasn't quite made it to daemonhood yet he definitely earned his promotion and showed he was favoured by the Chaos gods.

Anyway, I thought people might enjoy that little bit of background to him.

10-08-2010, 22:52
Great models there Dragon Lord, I love the carnifex alpha-1!

Looks like a good start to the uber skitarii, I think the bodies would benefit from a bit of bulking out. Look forward to seeing how they progress.


Dragon Lord
12-08-2010, 22:17
Thanks Narcoleptic. I think definitely the next body I do I will try widening and if it works I'll see about cutting up and redoing this one too.

A small update. I've made arms for the first bodyguard, including a weapon. The weapon is made from the sorceror's staff from the chaos terminator lord kit and is intended to be based partly on the staff weapons used by the Jaffa in Stargate, I imagine the blades on the end of the weapon being together when it is inactive and springing apart when activated. At the moment I've got him in a pose that is supposed to suggest he just spotted/heard something and has swung round and activated his staff to shoot it. Whether he will keep the cloak I'm not entirely sure, it looks good on him and is so big that it fits quite nicely but I'm not sure if the wolf pelt will fit with the tech theme properly though. If not then I will give it to a chaos terminator.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log184.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log186.jpg

I have started doing some work on my warhound's feet, which you can probably see in the background of the pictures above. I'm putting wire 'axles' through all of the joints, and will do the same with the rest of the legs, to make it easier for me to test poses and also to strengthen the joints when I glue them together. Also my battlescape came and I must say I'm quite impressed with how solid and rigid it is, I'm hoping that I might be able to use it as it is for the base without mounting it on MDF.
I'm going on holiday next week so it will be a little while before the next update but comments and criticism are welcome as always and I'll read them when I get back.

22-08-2010, 19:47
You have some sweet battlefleet gothic ships man. :)

24-08-2010, 16:12
The forest animals are hilarious!

Dragon Lord
12-09-2010, 23:54
Thanks very much for the comments guys.

I haven't done any painting for a while so I thought I'd get back to my Chaos landraider, the inside of which I did ages ago and made a start on the start on the outside but didn't get very far.
Anyway, here are some pictures.

Inside (unfortunately I had to use a flash for these and it seems to have left some artefacts in the photos).
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log187.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log190.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log192.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log193.jpg

And outside
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log208.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log209.jpg

Dragon Lord
13-09-2010, 00:05
Outside continued...
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The outside still needs some work as you can probably tell, quite a lot of shading and highlighting still to do, but it's shaping up.

As you can also probably see I put hinges in both of the rear doors allowing them to be opened (you might be able to see the magnets that hold the one that opens downward closed).

I also made a start on my next ornamental piece by doing the base
I quite like how it looks at the moment but I think I might add some snow.

Dragon Lord
09-11-2010, 00:30
Moving to a new city and starting my PhD has been keeping me quite busy lately but things are beginning to settle down and I managed to find some time to do a bit of modelling.
I decided that my stormblade and the chaos lord on it (who I have decided are Word Bearers) could do with some company so I got some CSMs along with some Dark Angel vets and some possessed to make a start on some squads of Word Bearers.

I also came across Astorath the Grim while looking around for parts to cannibalise for Word Bearers and decided he would make an excellent Word Bearer lord.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log215.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log217.jpg
A relatively simple conversion, I just replaced his jetpack with some wings from the possessed, filed off the (mercifully few) blood angels icons and put him one of the rocks from the chaos terminator lord kit. Well, I say it was a simple conversion, it is, but you would not believe how long it took to separate those scrolls from the jetpack.
As a result of the length of time Astorath took I only had time to put together the Aspiring champion for one of the squads but I am rather happy with his pose.
I was looking at someone elses Word Bearer log some time ago, I can't remember whose unfortunately, who had represented the more 'favoured' marines, e.g. Aspiring Champions, by giving them mutations from the possessed kit, which I thought was a really nice idea, hence the giant sword-arm on the chap above.

More to come soon (and also more work on my many other projects hopefully!;))

14-11-2010, 21:01
Looking great man! How about some ASP related modelling stuff? Would be cool in combination with the slow revival of the project! :)

Dragon Lord
15-11-2010, 23:08
Thanks Malika. That's a good idea about doing something related to Anargo, as you can see I have quite a lot of projects ongoing, but I'll definitely try and work in something for the ASP. I think perhaps some ships for Battlefleet Anargo, I haven't done any BFG for a while.
For those of you reading this who have no idea what Malika and I are talking about, the Anargo Sector Project is a project dedicated to creating a fully fleshed out and living Imperial sector. The project has been around for quite some time in one form or another but we are in the process of re-launching it. For more information see the link in either my or Malika's signature, the site is a bit sparse at the moment but we will be getting more content and functionality up and running soon.

Anyway in between doing many other things (including working on stuff for the ASP) I did manage to find a bit of time for some modelling, so here are a pair of icon bearers.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log222.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log220.jpg

The one on the bike is actually going to be for my Black Legion rather than the Word Bearers as I have had 3 bikes for ages but never use them because with only 3 they die far too easily, so I got another 3 in the hopes that it might make them a bit more useful. I haven't shown the others as the icon bearer is the only one that has anything a bit different about it. Eventually, along with my vast list of other things I want to do, I plan to convert some Khornate bikers, but that's a project for another time.

19-11-2010, 19:32
Some cool looking Chaos filth developing here, my friend! Yes, its all about numbers so let us know if your bikers start making more of an impact.

Y'know, I am planning a new BFG project myself. I wouldn't mind basing them in the Anargo Sector if that helps flesh things out a little, maybe some marauding Orks serving your local Warlord. I hope you repost all the old fluff.

Get some paint on these bad boys!

Dragon Lord
22-11-2010, 00:17
Thanks Jihad, I'll let you know how the bikers work out.

We'd certainly love some more people getting involved and doing stuff for the ASP, the Orks in particular would definitely benefit from a little extra. We're having some issues with the new site at the moment, but once we get those sorted we can get on with posting up all of the new background material en masse.

On the topic of Anargo I felt the urge to make some BFG today, and still lacking any new models the answer was sprue ships. So may I present to you the stellar liner Grand Duchess Aurelia and her escort the Flechette class destroyer Rising Sun.
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The venerable liner Grand Duchess Aurelia under way with her long time companion the Flechette class destroyer Rising Sun. Both vessels are currently owned by the Mahavesti family, a respected family of interstellar merchants operating in the Anargo Sector.
The Grand Duchess Aurelia has a very long and distinguished history, her keel was laid down in the shipyards of the forgeworld Antikythera in late M33 and since that time her opulent ballrooms and suites have played host to the rich and powerful of the Anargo Sector, including the Lord Anargo himself. Indeed the Lord Anargo Randolph Gaius became so enraptured by the Aurelia that on more than one occasion he booked the entire ship for his birthday celebrations. Presently the Aurelia typically plies the old pilgrim routes between the worlds of the Anargo sub-sector and the Cardinal world Dorvastor.
Built for grace and opulence the Aurelia has very little in the way of weaponry and while, away from the Castellan sub-sector, Anargan space is largely safe the status of her clientiele make additional precautions prudent. As such she has almost always been accompanied by at least one escorting vessel. For the last 4 millenia the old Flechette class destroyer Rising Sun has been her continual companion, kept with the Grand Duchess when the Mahavestis bought the stellar liner fifteen hundred years ago. The Flechette is a small vessel originally designed for picket and short range patrol duties but its weapons batteries are more than capable of keeping piratical sloops and corvettes at bay, while its single torpedo silo gives it the capability to take on other destroyers and frigates. When particularly influencial dignitaries are aboard the Grand Duchess or piratical raids are on the rise additional escort vessels are sometimes assigned.
Below we can see the Rising Sun vectoring in to attack a maurading Iconoclast class destroyer. In this case a lucky torpedo strike from the Rising Sun detonated the primary magazine of the Iconoclast rendering it helpless, whereupon the Rising Sun stood guard until vessels from Battlefleet Anargo arrived to take custody of the pirates and the grateful passengers of the Aurelia took picts from the ships viewing ports.

22-11-2010, 09:15
Double post! Lucky for you you didn't do that over at Anargo! :P

As I already said there, looking good man! Just need to fill out the details.

As for your Chaos Space Marines. Will they all be a part of the same army? I noticed some different Legions (Word Bearers and Black Legion primarily). I started reading the Night Lords novels recently (Soul Hunter and the audiobook Throne of Lies) and found some interesting stuff on inter-Legion "politics". So yeah...keep up posted on your Chaos stuff! :)

Dragon Lord
22-11-2010, 18:33
Double post!
Damn, that's what happens when you take too long typing and the forum logs you out. Fixed it now.

Thanks Malika. In reply to your comment at Anargo (trying to keep the modelling related aspects over here) I do know what you mean about the detail, the problem for these two in particular, compared to some of my previous BFG scratchbuilds is that they are so small, the Rising Sun is only just over 3cm long and that line down the side of the Aurelia (there are also two along the top of the Rising Sun that you might just be able to see) are 0.25mm diameter plastic rod! The Aurelia in particular I feel is a little lacking in detail at the moment, but I want her to look quite sleek and elegant so I wasn't sure what to add that wouldn't detract from the overall feel, suggestions in that regard are quite welcome!

The Chaos marines are from separate 'warbands' as it were. The Black Legion are my long-standing chaos army led by the Dragon Lord Dracheos. The Word Bearers arose as a spin-off of the stormblade, with the direction I took the stormblade in aligning it with the Word Bearers seemed most sensible and I decided I couldn't only have a super-heavy belonging to them, it needs an army to go with it! Plus there has been a lot of cool Word Bearer background and imagery around lately which helped inspire me. Anyway they will ostensibly be two seperate armies, however I will almost certainly field them together on occasion, particularly in apocalypse battles, so there must be some history between Dragon Lord and the Dark Apostle leading the Word Bearers, which I will have to go into at some point.

22-11-2010, 18:53
The Aurelia in particular I feel is a little lacking in detail at the moment, but I want her to look quite sleek and elegant so I wasn't sure what to add that wouldn't detract from the overall feel, suggestions in that regard are quite welcome!

Most of the frontal part of the hull could be kept sleek, add some sort of rising part on the back of the ship where you could build some sort of stern/superstructure. Perhaps many tiny towers out of greenstuff? More of the front part of the hull (from the part where the base is connected to the front) could be mostly sleek. Maybe the most frontal part of the ship could have some more details.

As for the color scheme, what about white? Or some sort of pearl like color? So it's white, but not totally white, more shiny. It might take some practice to pull it off, combined with the gold it will give the ship a very jewel/wealthy/elite feel. :) Maybe some dark red or purple or even blue accents here and there could be added to it. Dark red generally has that roman feel to it, which is pretty cool. Purple used to be the Roman color of the elites/nobility whilst blue was the noble/elite color of the ancient Egyptians. My favorite would still be dark red. Perhaps to give some contrast to the two ships the Aurelia could be mostly pearl white with golden and dark red colored accents whilst the Rising Sun is mostly dark red with pearl and golden accents. It would show that whilst the Rising Sun is also wealthy and part of nobility, it is not as glorious as the Aurelia.

Dragon Lord
12-01-2011, 22:51
I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year. Anyway I'm back and I've done a some more work on the Aurelia and the Rising Sun.

As you suggested Malika I've added some towers to the rear part of the Aurelia as well as a sweeping mast structure some 'wings' to the sides of the bridge and a hexagonal dome to the bridge and the forward part of the ship. The dome on the main hull is above the main ballroom and is made of armoured glass (plasteel in 40k I think?) allowing the revelers on board a panorama of stars as a backdrop. During warp travel there would of course be heavy metal shutters that close across the dome to prevent people seeing into the Warp.
The Rising Sun has gained a hexagonal panel on its prow and a couple of others on it's wings as well as a couple of new strips on its hull.
I think at this point I will call the two of them done, though I might add a couple of smaller domes to the top of the Aurelia.

I like the pearlescent idea, I think I will probably go for a pearl colour with gold and dark red accents for the Aurelia and dark red with gold and pearl accents for the Rising Sun (though I would have to be careful not to let it look too Mechanicus-esque).

Dragon Lord

13-01-2011, 16:59
Your absence has been noted, young man, but a happy holidays to you too :)

For a couple of ships that are made from sprue these look pretty cool, I strongly approve of the extra towers and bridge work you've added to the liner. The escort looks funky cool too, I look forward to the paint jobs!

Say, whatever happened to that Warhound of yours? ;)

I've been working on new ships too y'know *Shameless plug*

13-01-2011, 17:05
Wow just wow... some amazing conversions and that Chaos Stormblade is GODLY.
And I hate the minions of Chaos and rarely look at Chaos logs.

Nice work, yet another Plasticard ninja on warseer.

13-01-2011, 22:40
Looking a lot better dude! :D Keep it up!

By the way, what are the dimensions of these ships? I might revive my scratch built Ork fleet project. Some old pics: Numero 1 (http://i602.photobucket.com/albums/tt106/malikachevack/Scrapfleet/IMG_0691.jpg), Numero Duo (http://i602.photobucket.com/albums/tt106/malikachevack/Scrapfleet/IMG_0690.jpg), and numero tres (http://i602.photobucket.com/albums/tt106/malikachevack/Scrapfleet/IMG_0694.jpg). Would this one be too big compared to your ships?

20-02-2011, 04:37
Hey man, stuff is looking good. I'm interested to see how the painting comes along. Have you painted Astorath yet?

Dragon Lord
20-02-2011, 23:02
Thanks very much for the comments guys, sorry I haven't been around for a bit (and that this post doesn't contain any new updates), I blame the amount of teaching I'm doing at the moment. When those pesky undergraduates leave in a month or so hopefully I'll have a bit more time.;) As you can perhaps guess this means that Astorath has not been painted yet, though as and when I do get around to actually doing something it should probably be some painting as being something of an avid scratchbuilder and a rather slow painter my unpainted list just grows and grows, perhaps hinted at by the fact that I think the majority of the stuff in this log is unpainted.

@Jihad: The warhound is, I am ashamed to say, still lurking in a box in almost as many pieces as it originally came in. To tell you the truth I think part of the reason that I keep putting off doing anything with it is that I am just a little bit scared of it; it's such a nice (and expensive) model that I keep worrying that, especially with my magnetising plans, I'll damage it.

@Malika: The Aurelia is 6cm long and the Rising Sun is 3cm long, with both being ~5mm wide. They are probably a little on the small side though to be honest, as you can perhaps tell in the photo with the iconoclast, although the iconoclast is around the same length as the Rising Sun it is a lot bulkier. From the looks of it I would say that your Ork ship is quite a bit bigger than either the Aurelia or the Rising Sun but with both of them being a little on the small side they perhaps aren't the best guides.

Dragon Lord

Dragon Lord
29-04-2012, 22:18
I'm not dead! Well, not quite at any rate. After some time away from the hobby I'm trying to back into it and though my posts will probably not be frequent they should at least be more than one a year!

Anyway, I do not come empty handed so may I present Technomage Davidian Lamnos. There a few little bits that need some attention with greenstuff, but otherwise he's done.

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log234.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log231.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log230.jpg

Davidian is wearing a modified suit of power armour with a mechadenrite suite integrated in the armour's backpack, currently he has two of the mechadendrites configured as manipulators, one as a laspistol and one as an complex omni-tool/sensor package. In his right hand he wields a staff of a design commonly seen amongst the Dark Mechanicus while mounted on his left wrist is an advanced plasma blaster, presumed to be his own design.

Dragon Lord

30-04-2012, 02:38
Man, you start on a Stormblade on the first page and BFG and you dont dissapoint after either :D

Nice log :)

New Cult King
30-04-2012, 02:40
Oh that's stunning. What an awesome tech priest :D

30-04-2012, 15:05
The technomage is pretty bad ass!

01-05-2012, 17:49
Wow! A good use for those horrible teleportation backpacks! A very good use. Well done sir!

Dragon Lord
07-05-2012, 22:43
Thanks very much for the comments guys!
Unfortunately no update today. I had been planning to do some painting, but (not entirely unexpectedly I suppose!) when I got my paints out I found that they were all beginning to dry out, so in the end I just spent a few hours going through all of them, adding some more fluid and mixing them thoroughly. On the bright side it does mean that they should all now be fine next time I come to them!

Dragon Lord

Dragon Lord
08-07-2012, 21:13
Having gone through fixing up all my paints back in May I've now been doing a bit of painting. I've managed to get a regime set up such that I do an hour or so of painting after work most days and did a bit more today. Anyway they're not quite done yet obviously but I thought I'd show you the results of the painting I've done this week on a couple of Chaos objective markers I made some time ago.

First up we have a pile-'o-guard-heads around a Chaos star with a Khornate symbol.

Next we have an unfortunate Guardsman that managed to let himself be captured alive, and was promptly crucified for his troubles, with a couple of former colleagues supplying some extra decoration.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log235.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log237.jpg

As I said not quite done, I still need to do the armour, the ground and a few more details but I think they are coming along quite nicely so far, and are a fitting tribute to the Dark Gods!

Dragon Lord

Dragon Lord
20-07-2012, 00:53
The objective markers are now done, they just a quick spray of purity seal when they're dry and a dab of gloss varnish on any wet blood.

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log240412x640.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log242360x640.jpg
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log243410x640.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log244382x640.jpg

There are a few things that didn't quite turn out as I'd intended, one of the footprints in front of the pile of heads became a bit of a splodge and I'm not entirely sure about the static grass - I think I need to invest in some different colours perhaps, but overall I'm relatively pleased with them.

On a side note does anyone know of any good places on the web for hosting photos? Photobucket is just getting more and more annoying, I find the interface for editing photos totally unusable these days.

Dragon Lord

20-07-2012, 23:16
Loving these objective counters! I see someone finaly found a use for the "shouting sargeant" head :D

Dragon Lord
29-09-2012, 20:18
Thanks Demoulius, I did indeed find a good use for the shouting sergeant :) I don't often use them in my Guard (I prefer the sergeants to have helmets) so it was good to have an excuse to use one, there are several in the pile for the same reason.

Anyway now that summer has very definitely come to an end and the weather is encouraging me to stay inside I've been doing some more modelling.
I've always to try making a Vengeance class grand cruiser by mashing together a Chaos cruiser and an Imperial one, partly because that looks like what the original designer did! and partly because the metal ones are rather expensive. So here's my attempt

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log246640x507.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log250640x568.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log249298x640.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log248587x640.jpg

It turned out fairly well I think, though there are definitely some things I will change when I make it's sister ship, I also think the keel might be a little over large.

After doing the greenstuff on the prow I of course had some left over, though not that much today, so I made it into a little mushroom that will go on someones base at some point.

Dragon Lord

Aurelius 12
01-10-2012, 00:26
That vengeance is sweet, but then I remember lurking in this thread when you first posted your sprue-based ships. Very inspiring they were too. I ended up making quite a few scratch build/heavily converted bfg ships thanks to this thread. Apologies if this plug is too shameless, but I've just posted my Necron conversions in my general log (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?352637-Aurelius-Cabinet-of-Wonder-40k-Necromunda-Inquisitor-Terrain-PIC-HEAVY!) and I'm hoping to photo my transports, defence monitors and Tau scratchbuilds over the next few days. So if you wanted to see what you inspired I'd be delighted if you dropped by!

01-10-2012, 00:48
That's a pretty cracking scratch build for a grand cruiser! Might want to sharpen the prow a bit, although I actually like the large keel. Gives it a distinct profile.

Dragon Lord
04-10-2012, 13:09
Thanks guys. See your thread for some comments Aurelius. I was intentionally going with a more rounded look for the prow as the Vengeance series ships don't have the armoured prow that later Imperial ships do, although it does look a little blob like in that 3rd photo... it isn't quite so much of a blob in real life!

Dragon Lord

04-10-2012, 21:32
Ey oop. lad! Nice to see you've been up to some of the old magic!

I like the terrain piece overall - at first I wasn't too sure about your basing but upon closer inspection it seems to work. Can't help wondering if a layer of sand over the plastic base would have helped give it some texture though... However, I still like it! Are you going to make up any more like this, seems a shame to have just the one desecration :D

And dammit I'm envious of that grand cruiser. Very cool indeed! I want to do one more converted grand cruiser myself and this just makes me want to do it sooner!

Dragon Lord
13-01-2013, 23:43
So I've been having a bit of a re-organization of all my 40k bits and pieces, which amongst other things produced an absolute mountain of sprue. Knowing that even sprue can have it's uses I am loathe to just through it away, but if I do nothing with it the re-organization will be pointless, so I've been cutting it up and making a few things.

First up we have a Xenos battlecruiser:
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log252_zps7fb83757.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log253_zps4bcfa546.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log254_zps1fa3a56a.jpg

Originally I was intending it to be a large Imperial transport ship, but as I was putting it together it started looking much more martial, so I decided to convert it to a warship. I'm not sure exactly which race it should belong to, probably one of the minor xenos races who are only mentioned in passing like the Fra'al.

I've been toying with the idea of making a model of part of a hive city (at BFG scale, roughly 1:25,000) for a while, and it occured to me that this would be an excellent use for the sprue mountain. So far we have this building
which at 19cm/4.75km tall will be the tallest building in the hive. I'm not sure how big a section of the hive I'll be able to make, I'll see how many buildings I can make from the sprue mountain (or at least how many I build before getting bored!), but this one alone is about 400m across at the base.

Dragon Lord

14-01-2013, 03:10
which at 19cm/4.75km tall


thats a whole lotta sprue!

14-01-2013, 12:12
Very curious how that hive city will turn out! I was thinking of building something similar a little while back.

Dragon Lord
20-01-2013, 21:49
thats a whole lotta sprue!
I did say sprue mountain, in fact here is a picture of it:
the box it is sitting in is an old Tyranid battleforce box.

Very curious how that hive city will turn out! I was thinking of building something similar a little while back.
Hope it gives you some inspiration!

No new sprue buildings today though, instead I was putting together a few thing for my Imperial Guard. Mostly not too exciting but I thought people might be interested in these very simple little conversions:
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log258_zps982351f3.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log259-001_zpsf38b6fbc.jpg
A couple of RPG-7s (plus spotter) to make my missile launchers a little more varied.

Dragon Lord

20-01-2013, 23:15
I think what I'm very interested in at the moment is how you will paint the hive city, will be rather a challange to add all that detail to the structures.

20-01-2013, 23:27
The RPGs are an interesting concept. Can't help thinking that using hunter killer missile 'heads' might look a little better though? Not that I have any real life experience of RPGs or anything :S

Can we see some more Fun With Sprues, please? :)

26-01-2013, 01:18
I wonder if one could make a scale model of the Eldridge from the opening scene of Xenogears out of empty sprue?

Using loose mortars like that makes the weapons look kind of odd.

27-01-2013, 23:26
I agree that the rpgs could be done abit better. Now they just look like you glued the rocket on the end (which you probably did :p)

I think you can improve the look alot by cutting it down to just the tip of the rocket :) that way it looks like the rest is sitting in the launcher waiting to be fired ;)

Dragon Lord
29-01-2013, 00:06
I didn't have much free time this weekend unfortunately (no more sprue for you yet I'm afraid Jihad :(), but as everyone thought the RPGs could use a bit of work I did find a few minutes to think about altering them, the result is below:
I pared down the end of the mortar round a little, removed the fin section, and flipped it round. What do you think? It doesn't quite look like an RPG-7 as was my original intention, since there is no bulge at the end, but I do think it looks a bit better.
Incidentally I had meant to mention it last time, but these also added to my list of 'slightly unusual tools used for making 40k models'. In this case a pencil sharpener (used to make the white cones from a rod of plasticard).

I think what I'm very interested in at the moment is how you will paint the hive city, will be rather a challange to add all that detail to the structures.
Knowing me and the speed at which I paint things it is unlikely the hive city will get painted any time soon (though it might be one of the occasional things I decide to paint as soon as it is finished on a whim). Getting detail into it is something I have thought about however. One thing that it is unlikely to have, and that I don't typically add to my more recently painted BFG ships either, is windows. At this scale 1mm is 25m, and even the finest plastic rod I have, 0.25mm, is still 7.5m, about the width of a fairly wide two-way road plus pavements or a fairly widely spaced double track railway, and that is so fine it is almost like working with thread. Actually thinking about it I probably have thread that is thicker than that! For the most part detail, including bridges between the towers, will be at least 0.5-1mm, partly to stop it being too fragile, which means most detail will be more than 10m on it's smallest dimension. Hence the no-windows situation, not many places have windows that are 10m in the short direction! A few of the hive lords might have panoramic windows 12m high and 100m long, but not many!

I wonder if one could make a scale model of the Eldridge from the opening scene of Xenogears out of empty sprue?
I had to look that up on Google, but yeah, that looks like it probably be pretty simple to make out of sprue.

Dragon Lord

29-01-2013, 05:24
That little change makes it look so much better.

02-02-2013, 00:03
Indeed :) Massive improvement! :yes:

02-02-2013, 13:55
That is definitely better, Dragonlord - I do feel for you though. The RPG idea is a cool one but clearly hard to pull off. I think the Steel Legion missile launcher troops tried to emulate RPGs in a way:

http://www.games-workshop.com/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m1370149_99060105154_ColSteelLegionMissileLauncher Main_873x627.jpg


Dragon Lord
18-02-2013, 00:30
I'm glad the change to the RPGs is an improvement. Those Steel Legion ones make me feel better about them, as they don't look much better!

Anyway time for an update.

You may remember the uber-skitarii I started on a while ago after having got some robed legs from Micro-Art Studio that turned out to be much to large. Well may I present:

Arch-Rheator Kalman Thorovidos: Thorovidos is the head of the Rheators, the personal guard of the Archmagos himself, and his right-hand man. Like all of the Rheators Thorovidos is an immense individual, easily the match of an Ogryn in stature. It is unknown what blasphemous technologies the Archmagos used in the creation of the Rheators, though it is rumoured that the self-proclaimed 'primogenitor' of the Chaos Legions, Fabius Bile, may have been involved. All that is known is that the Rheators are raised from birth to be loyal to the Archmagos alone, and are exceptionally powerful combatants. Survivors of encounters with any of the Rheators, let alone Thorovidos, are rare, and those few that there are have drawn [swiftly suppressed] comparisons to the Holy Primarchs in terms of combat prowess and shear force of presence. Thorovidos is seen here wielding an Amtok staff, a unique weapon crafted by the Archmagos, preparing to use it in its ranged mode to fire a powerful energy bolt at an enemy that has caught his attention.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log273-001_zpsb69c9d74.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log274-001_zpsd749e943.jpg

This guy really is huge, below you can see him posing next to a Word Bearer (who bear in mind is standing on a base, and who I notice needs his gun barrel drilling)
He is 44mm to eye-level compared to the Word Bearer's 29mm, which assuming a standard height of 7-7.5 feet (2.1-2.3m) for a space marine puts him in at around 10.5-11.5 feet/3.2-3.5m! I wasn't kidding when I compared him in the little fluff text to the Primarchs, I am actually tempted to turn him into one of the Primarchs, maybe Lorgar, or at least I could certainly use some of the other legs for that purpose.
He isn't completely finished here, I need to make some greenstuff pipes to connect to the mechanicus cog (which annoyingly ended up slightly off centre, superglue seems to stick to greenstuff almost as well as it does to skin), unless I decide to turn him into a Primarch that is.

Having said that Thorovidos was huge, which he is, he is nonetheless rather dwarfed by his boss:
This is a very work-in-progress image of my Archmagos. I decided that there's no reason why a Dark Mechanicum adept can't become a Daemon Prince, so why not do a tech-daemon take on a Daemon Prince for my Archmagos. He is mostly just blu-tacked together at the moment to test poses, the hatch on his chest is just a placeholder, and I need to think about the head, the Defiler head I have perched on there for the minute doesn't seem quite right at the moment. Finding something big enough is a bit of an issue, he towers over a normal daemon prince the same way Thorovidos does over a normal space marine, in real life he is about 12cm tall, which puts him at something like 9m/30 feet tall (which, I think, is probably taller than my house!). He needs a lot of work yet, I'm going to take the ends off some of the tendrils and replace them with an assortment of tools/weapons and I may well give him even more mechadenrites, he will also need a lot of greenstuff work, and I am contemplating giving him a robe (possibly made from real cloth given his size).

Finally, since Jihad asked for some more sprue work, and to show that not everything I make comes out ridiculously oversized, here are a couple of sprue ships (both shown next to my old ship the Rising Sun and a space marine Gladius):

The Yuan-tze: A system defence ship from the Tian system the Yuan-tze is smaller than most Navy Destroyers, but lacking a warp drive like most system defence ships, can pack considerably more weaponry into its small hull, giving it a surprising punch for such a small vessel.

The Beta-415: A test-bed ship belonging to the Adeptus Mechanicus of the Forgeworld Proteus, the Beta-415 is constructed around a new design of energy weapon, the barrel of which can be seen on the prow of the ship, and which takes up the majority of the ships mass. Note also the unusual asymmetric design with a large sensor array, linked with the targeting of the primary weapon and data acquisition from test firings, mounted on an arm to the port side of the vessel.

Dragon Lord

18-02-2013, 06:55
I'm really digging the ships! Can't wait to see them painted. Do you have some other shots of the Beta-415?

Also, got any plans on working on that city?

Dragon Lord
02-04-2013, 23:55
Thanks Malika, here's a different angle on the Beta-415


March was rather hectic, but I made good use of the Easter long weekend to get some modelling in, so here's an update on the daemon-Archmagos:

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log281-001_zps834f4294.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log282-001_zps3d794c5b.jpg http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb179/DragonK7/40k/log283-001_zps998950c1.jpg

Still quite a bit to do, in particular there is a lot of greenstuff work that needs to be done blending some of the pieces together and I want to put some daemonic flesh on his legs, torso and head, but he's coming along pretty nicely at the moment I think.

Something else I've been doing some work on is a replacement for the old model of my dragon-riding Chaos Lord


When it's done the rod through the space marine (and into the base), which will be a spear/halberd, should support the Lord and his dragon so that it doesn't need a flying stand. Again still very much work in progress, but the concept seems to work.

As always comments and critiques are welcome,

Dragon Lord

03-04-2013, 11:14
Man that terminator seems big on that creature! :D

Get back to building that hive city man! :D

30-05-2013, 13:42
Knowing me and the speed at which I paint things it is unlikely the hive city will get painted any time soon (though it might be one of the occasional things I decide to paint as soon as it is finished on a whim). Getting detail into it is something I have thought about however. One thing that it is unlikely to have, and that I don't typically add to my more recently painted BFG ships either, is windows. At this scale 1mm is 25m, and even the finest plastic rod I have, 0.25mm, is still 7.5m, about the width of a fairly wide two-way road plus pavements or a fairly widely spaced double track railway, and that is so fine it is almost like working with thread. Actually thinking about it I probably have thread that is thicker than that! For the most part detail, including bridges between the towers, will be at least 0.5-1mm, partly to stop it being too fragile, which means most detail will be more than 10m on it's smallest dimension. Hence the no-windows situation, not many places have windows that are 10m in the short direction! A few of the hive lords might have panoramic windows 12m high and 100m long, but not many!

I'm very curious if you've updated this project. I'm pondering about making some models again, but I'm a bit in doubt as of how to do the details.