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12-07-2006, 19:18
My Howling Griffon Project was inspired by an article in White Dwarf which also showcased a nicely painted HG army. Here I will be attempting my own small Howling Griffons force with some conversions thrown in, even though I am slightly hamstrung in that I don't really know much about 40K. These are the first 40K models I have painted so let me know what you think.

The project will consist of the following units....

Bike squad - 3 bikes, one of them an attack bike. All on 60mm bases and posed as dynamically as possible
Rhino - To contain some form of awesome freehand work where possible and have some minor conversion work.
Space Marines - Small force of marines.
Dreadnought I was thinking about doing one, but hell I'll put it in as a definite part of the project.
Techmarine I have one kicking about somewhere so in he goes.

It will be sold on ebay when complete (sniff, sniff)


Here's the base, just a few more details and highlights to paint


Here's the sidecar, using two washes to shade the model. Lot's left to do here.


Here is the link to pictures of the first completed bike, some small conversions on it. http://www.coolminiornot.com/126605

Well, let me know what you're thinking of it.

10-06-2007, 01:28
Well this project has been on the shelf for ages since I moved house last august in fact, I have set up a temporary paint area so I can continue working on it, here's the latest pictures.....


When the attack bike is done I will leave the other bike until I have finished the dreadnought. However I am unsure what weapons to use as forgeworld have quite a selection - any advice for a non 40K player???

10-06-2007, 01:59
So far so very very good.
The great weathering really tones down the Griffon's bright colour scheme.
Keep painting and posting.
I will keep my eyes on this log.

10-06-2007, 13:56
looking really nice, I allways find it difficult painting red and even more so yellow so good luck!

Theres some good fluff on them in the eye of terror black libary book that was released might be worth checking it out

10-06-2007, 23:42
I'm a huge fan of the griffons.. can't await to see your stuff finished ;)
looks promising so far

11-06-2007, 01:53
Thanks guys. polomarko888 - would you say there is enough fluff in the book to get me inspired and give me ideas?

warsmith si
12-06-2007, 08:42
You should pick up the latest Soul Drinker novel - Chapter War. The Howling Griffons feature quite heavily, and there's a fair bit of background given.


12-06-2007, 11:06
Thanks guys. polomarko888 - would you say there is enough fluff in the book to get me inspired and give me ideas?

There's not absoloutly loads of fluff on them, I'll check it out today and get back to you

12-06-2007, 12:23
Loving the battered look.

All these pristine Space Marines, its about time we had a few that looked like they have been in a fight.

Tutorials please.

When I do mine I will be looking for the same result.

12-06-2007, 23:37
warsmith si -Thanks, I'll check that novel out when I get a chance.

Harry - I'm not sure weathering effects warrant another tutorial from me as there are probably many already out there written by people who can paint a whole lot better than I can. I think I've got the technique down quite well,and I do some mean rust as well. I've still got a long way to go with my painting skills. I can give you some tips however, some may be obvious but hey.
1 - Paint it nice and pristine.
2 - Decide where the thing you are painting is likely to accumalate wear and tear, bear in mind the base you have made as well - muddy, toxic etc.
3- When you have planned it start getting messy on your chosen areas!!! Where you would have normally neatly black lined recesses, do a thin wash of black and blend back into the normal colour instead for a nice grimy glaze. You can use streaking techniques as well as grimy washes of black and brown. I use alot of paint washes as I don't possess many inks but try both if you have them. The chipped paint weathering is the easiest type of weathering to do. Paint an area chaos black and then paint over it with boltgun metal leaving a fine black irregular edge. You can see this effect quite clearly in the top photos and it does look good. Hope that helps you. Lets get these marines dirty and make it look like they fight for a living!!!

Just a small update, as I've been struggling to get good pictures. I may invest in a light tent and three lamps very shortly as I'm fed up with one lamp and my tripods gone missing. Here is the bikes radio I made to replace the banner pole which I'm not very fond of. The third biker will be a standard bearer to make up for it!



I will be painting a test base tonight with a quarted coloured scheme around the edge and maybe weathering to match the rough and ready character of these marines as I've painted them. The base itself will be a basic treadplate pattern with random additional detailing across them - shell cases etc. This theme will carry across all the mini's I think although I quite fancy a muddy base as well.

I have also found a colour scheme for the sergeant in the old armour - go here and look at the picture on the left..... http://www.pbase.com/tepoc/image/39015297. I found the link in some old discussion about the Griffons.

13-06-2007, 23:56
Here's a completed test base for the terminator squad. I'm happy with it and I think I'll use it. It will take alot more time to do all the marines on these bases, but it matches the paint scheme and will hopefully add to visual appeal rather than make it too overpowering. If people think that this is too much I may go with a grey colour scheme instead as this looks quite effective next to red and yellow.

The plastic on the treadplate got melted a little by the GW spray. Tiny hard to see holes appeared and it was actually really wierd to paint. My thin wash of black disappeared after it dried and I had to use hardly any water to get the wash on. I will have to hand prime them I think.More work.