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    Champions of El'Jonson: The Deathwing

    "What is our quest?
    To purge our shame through the death of those who turned from the Lion."


    Greetings.

    I was a long time Dark Angels player and one day decided to sell my army. This was shortly after reading Descent of Angels which was a very poor book and made me a sad panda.

    I have recently got to a comfortable position with my hobby. My Vampires are completed, my DE are waiting for the next wave, my Goliaths are one or two blokes off completion and 1.2 of my Mordheim warbands are painted. Other than a Hive Tyrant for my mate and a couple of INQ minis I found I was running out of stuff to paint.

    I saw something exciting over at Micro Art Studio,
    so I decided I'd have a crack at Deathwing, y'know 'cos they're badass.

    My first mini can be seen below. He is going to be the sergeant of one of my terminator squads. I'll probably go to 1500 pts initially. I would like to get an FW dreadnought in the list and a Crusader or two. I plan on using parts from the new GKs as well as some CSM parts to make the armour look more archaic and bespoke.

    Thunderhammers and Stormshields will be order of the day I think. (3++ spam is not to be sniffed at in my experience)



    Lots of sculpting, detailing and basing to go but I think the test mini is beginning to look kinda cool



    I am hoping to complete this force to a higher overall standard than my Dark Eldar (which will remain my main playing army) to which end I hope to get lots of feedback and support here!

    cheers

    A.

    post script- if you haven't seen this pre heresy Dark Angels log by Deiex then I urge you to click here, it is simply staggering and is a large part of my inspiration to returning to my original 40k army.

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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    Good looking model, the studio art pads are excellent. A little cleaning up on the bolted arm and filling so it stands flat on the base and will be great.

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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    @ElTanko- the pad is from FW. The legs are from Micro art studio.

    I made some progress today! Couldn't find my chaplain so I built a new one. These guys are still very much WIP and need lots of greenstuffing/ detailing. But I'm out of GS, glue and primer... birthday next week!

    Here's where I've got to:


    Champion


    Apothecary
    back detail


    Assault Cannon


    Standard Bearer


    Chaplain
    rear detail

    unit accessories


    Squad

    I'm happy with the bases having struggled to get the extremely flat robe bases to stick to any scenic bits... I need to start thinking about colour schemes and what GS details I want to/ am able to achieve.

    stay tuned

    A.

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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    The models look really good. Now get some paint slaped onto them.

    Its a known fact that if a wargamer runs out of models to paint he dies.

    Also in case you havent read the 2nd dark angel book in the hh i can tell you its alot better than decent of angels.

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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    Quote Originally Posted by jønke View Post
    Also in case you havent read the 2nd dark angel book in the hh i can tell you its alot better than decent of angels.
    Yep you are right about that.

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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    Ok, so having sold my Codex with my old army I have managed to borrow a copy off a friend. Here's what I've come up with:

    Belial

    Terminator Squad
    Company Standard, Assault Cannon

    Interrogator Chaplain
    Terminator Armour etc., combi-plasma

    Terminator Squad
    Assault Cannon

    Terminator Squad
    Cyclone Missile Launcher

    Terminator Squad
    Cyclone Missile Launcher

    Terminator Squad
    Cyclone Missile Launcher

    1500 pts exactly

    The squads will have three thunder hammer/ storm shield guys in each, a heavy and a guy with storm bolter and power fist. I am trying to optimise on 3++ saves AND fire power with an all terminator list. The assault cannons deepstrike in turn one with the characters and one unit with anti tank cyclone fu. Mess up someones deployment and wait for the reinforcements.

    I've posted a thread in the wanted section asking for terminators for trade here.

    27 Terminators ought to do it eh?

    @louwie61 & jonke- I'm avoiding BL books atm as I have course work to be getting on with. I may tackle book 2 over the summer though. Paint soon. I have a plan...

    Non standard scheme inbound.

    A.

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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    Diggin the conversions Caine. Dark Angels are one of those factions that are so ripe for conversion work, and it looks like you are having a blast with that. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with this man. Keeping an eye on it.

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    I like the combination of parts you have invested in this squad. I would like to make one suggestion if you don't mind. I really like the look of the Apothecary's longer abdomen area compared with the rest of the squad. I would suggest that you raise the height of the torso's above the belt and perhaps sculpt on some cables going from the Terminators' belt buckle to their Chest plate. They would look a lot better in my opinion.

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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    Hey guys!

    @AtmanAbecedarian- long time no see! check out my Dark Eldar log. Loads of progress since I last heard from you! Glad you like the new stuff. Refound my love for them- spent most of last night rereading fluff and reminiscing about the old days.

    @ephrael- suggest away. I don't think I'll do it with every mini but I like the idea and will certainly try it on some. I want them to look like individuals and Heros so a bit of variety as you suggest would be appropriate! Hopefully you'll like the current versions too once you see some paint

    still hunting for parts! PM me if you have any!

    A.

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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    Your Dark Eldar are looking good man. I'll keep an eye out for any of those parts you are looking for. I'm sure I have something in the depths of my bits box that you would like.
    All of my projects have been consolidated into my recent plog. Lot's of conversions, but nothing like my last projects (practically none at all...yet).

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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    So its been a while. Exactly a month since my last post in fact. It has been insanely busy finishing of my Masters programme. I have hardly slept or eaten properly in a long time and have been in three plays in the last two weeks. I'm exhausted.

    I have, however, found the time to paint this chap over the weekend:


    I made a conscious decision to paint him white rather than bone as I wanted to challenge myself and painted a lot of bone on my Vampire Counts and the Incubi for my Dark Eldar.

    I'm thinking about running my Deathwing as a home-brew successor chapter 'the Lions of Caliban,' which would allow me to write a couple of lists using the DA book and errata or the SW book depending on what I want to field. It also excuses my non codex colour scheme and goes nicely with the Lion detailing and different mk of armour.

    thoughts so far? I'll probably paint the watcher in the Dark next... and add some static grass to this guy's base.

    Adam

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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    Really nice work, the Green robes look great. Very good work overall.

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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    Thanks @eltanko. I'm glad you like the green robes. I'm not sure if they look gritty enough. I like the white but think I need more areas that are greasy or battle damaged/ dirty. I liked how the vents came out on the back.

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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    Great looking mini's there and love the use of the lion shulder pad - helped define soemthign in my mind!

    Question - what head is that you used for the termie sgt - I can;t quite place it.

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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    Looking good! I like the back details.

    (On a completely off-topic note: what plays were you in and what parts did you play? )
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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    @Cloud Runner- Glad you like the shoulder pad the head is from the WHFB Empire Greatswords; I bought them for a Mordheim warband and it comes with two command sprues and two lots of heads! expensive box but V useful for conversions.

    @Serpent- Glad you like the detailing. Its something I'd like to explore further.

    (I've just finished an MA in Staging Shakespeare at the University of Exeter. I played Cassio in Othello, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet and the Marshall in Schiller's Kabale und Liebe, an english translation called Ferdinand and Luise but my character spoke in German which was interesting as I don't speak German. Lots of focus on inflexion, intention and pronunciation. Very fun!)

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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    Good to see you turning to the armoured space knights, Adam.

    I can see that your painting is improving whilst retaining your distinctive style. From the freehand, I can also see that you clearly have a steady hand. So I get confused by some of the abrupt areas of transition - that is, where one colour becomes another suddenly, rather than via a process of blending. For example, note the inside left elbow of the champion. The transition from gauntlet to armour articulation is clear and distinctive (as it should be) but the transition where the articulation becomes the upper arm armour looks untidy.

    All it would take to fix these areas would be the slightest application of a nice dark wash - a Citadel Badab Black or Devlan Mud would be my choice, but other ranges have appropriate selections, too. Better still would be a very thin line of Chaos Black - not so much as to be blacklinking, but enough to be shading. Perhaps a 50/50 CB/water mix would do the trick?

    I'd suggest doing the same (ideally with the Devlan Mud) along the model's hairline and in his eyesockets (you might want to re-do the eyes afterwards) as well as around all the other abrupt transitions (the lion's head metal to the white shoulder armour, frex).

    How're you planning on finishing the base?

    R.

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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    Thanks very much @precinctomega- I think my major problem when painting is consistency and focus. As you point out sections of the mini are well done and then adjacent sections appear rushed. Honestly its because they are. I'm not especially good at being self critical so its really useful to have your observations and advice!

    I shall revisit this mini asap taking into account all your suggestions! I plan on adding static grass to the base but that's about it. Maybe a further highlight. I'm considering using snow flock to match Halaker's Space Wolves, but I'm not sure.

    cheers

    Adam.

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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    I've had quite a productive day. I beat my frequent opponent James' Salamanders with my Dark Eldar. I've never beaten him before in the two years I've known him so thats been quite enjoyable!

    I also found enough time to revisit the champion and touch up the areas that precintomega had suggested, the results of which can be seen below:



    I've washed the hair line with Devlan Mud, the eye sockets with Badab Black and lined a couple of the armour plate edges. I also finished the basing- I think he looks pretty good now. I need to figure out how to do it a bit quicker but I would be very happy with a full army to this standard!

    I never liked the chaplain I made, so (armed with some kindly donated bitz from Salarath, James and Steve who runs Khaos Games in Exeter) I started again:


    side, side and rear.

    The same treatment was given to my Apocathery; although I liked the look of the old one the parts were battered and under layers of paint so I thought I'd do a new clean version in line with the other minis:



    the standard bearer gained a minion (servo skull)



    and a thunder hammer



    and a cheeky group shot now they're fully assembled:



    Looking forward to painting the chaplain and thinking about future conversions. I've got two new sets of robed legs on the way from Poland and am in the process of trading for torsos and weapons!

    thoughts?

    Adam

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    Re: Champions of El'Johnson: The Deathwing

    Everythig is looking super good dude. The chaplain is a great use of chaos bits, and the pose is awesome. Also love the apothecary, and the standard bearer has a lot of cool bits on it. Your painting is looking great too, so I'm really excieted to see the unit with some more color.

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