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    Re: Itsacon's 15-year catch-up conversion and painting project log thread thingy

    I seldom wonder over to the Random logs, let alone comment - as Im quite the lurker either way . Anyway - love old stuff from around these era's, great to see what you are doing to those mini's too! You've got a subscriber
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    Re: Itsacon's 15-year catch-up conversion and painting project log thread thingy

    Thanks guys!

    Next project will be 40k again (I want to get a playable army ready, and my gaming group is currently 40k-focussed), but my GF is pushing me to get started on the Quest heroes. I just ordered a bunch of resin bases for them, once they get here, I'll probably start doing them in between squads, like with the fanatic.
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    Re: Itsacon's 15-year catch-up conversion and painting project log thread thingy

    Finished my first HQ unit!

    Since 7th seems to be all about the new Psychotic phase, I painted up my Terminator Librarian:



    Also included is my second freehand banner ever.

    Two days' work, all in all, but worth it.

    Bonus: First person who spots his name and can tell me without Google where it's from gets to pick a model from the list to be moved to the front of the queue.
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    Re: Itsacon's 15-year catch-up conversion and painting project log thread thingy

    That's a pretty old reference. I know it though, so that makes me pretty old.

    You've got a pretty long list there, but I'd bump up the Techmarine on the Bike. Those always make for some interesting minis & I'd be interested in seeing how you do him.

    Keep up the good work.

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    Re: Itsacon's 15-year catch-up conversion and painting project log thread thingy

    Well spotted! Guess that makes us both old. Ah well.

    Techmarine: Interesting choice. It's one of my conversion projects that's still in its very early stages, so it'll be my first contruction project for this log. (It's currently in the `I-have-a-********-of-bits-and-a-rough-idea-on-how-I-want-to-fit-them-together' stage).

    It'll probably be a while before it's paint ready (so I'll keep painting other stuff in the meantime), but I'll add updates as I progress.

    To stick with the `we're old' theme: The core of the model will be the left techmarine on this page (70085/1), which was sculpted 20 years ago...
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    Re: Itsacon's 15-year catch-up conversion and painting project log thread thingy

    I've always been partial to this mini for Techmarine conversions.


    The techmarine portion is really just the upper body and axe. Which makes it pretty good for bikes/assault legs/any other power armor.

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    Re: Itsacon's 15-year catch-up conversion and painting project log thread thingy

    Just a quick heads-up: Due to a vacation and the good weather I haven't painted much over the last month. I did finish two Aegis Line sections around the time of the Librarian (pictures coming soon). I'm currently finishing another squad I was working on (Devastator squad). After that work on the Techmarine will begin in earnest. I have already dug up the parts that were spread over my bitboxes and updated my plans a bit to match modern rules.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brother Muninn View Post
    I've always been partial to this mini for Techmarine conversions.
    The techmarine portion is really just the upper body and axe. Which makes it pretty good for bikes/assault legs/any other power armor.
    Yeah, if that model had been around when I started the project, I'd probably have used that. But like I said, this is an old project. Will be good to finally see it take shape.
    I'm painting a crapload of quite old models for WFB, 40K, Blood Bowl, Quest, Necromunda, BFG and more. Cheer me on!
    I'm also restoring 20+ old Mk1 Space Marine tanks. Wave your pom-poms!

    Models painted (% finished): 2014: 51 (6.6%); 2015: 106 (13.5%); 2016: 163 (22.6%); 2017: 35 (25.2%)

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    Re: Itsacon's 15-year catch-up conversion and painting project log thread thingy

    Fantastic going! this is looking really great.

    I will be checking in on this for sure!

    Looking forwards to this tech marine.

    Just out of curiosity, why did you leave the terminator on the small base?

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    Re: Itsacon's 15-year catch-up conversion and painting project log thread thingy

    As promised, some pictures of the Aegis Line sections.
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    As an experiment, I went for a simple colour scheme on these, instead of picking all the details out seperately as I usually do (especially on the rear). Let me know what you guys think.

    Personally, I'm not really satisfied with the way the metal framing looks, the top-side is a bit too clean for my taste. But I haven't figured out what to do about it.

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    Fantastic going! this is looking really great.

    I will be checking in on this for sure!
    Thanks!

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    Just out of curiosity, why did you leave the terminator on the small base?
    I don't really see a reason to change it. All my terminators are on small bases, and I don't think they even make slottabases in the new size.
    I'm painting a crapload of quite old models for WFB, 40K, Blood Bowl, Quest, Necromunda, BFG and more. Cheer me on!
    I'm also restoring 20+ old Mk1 Space Marine tanks. Wave your pom-poms!

    Models painted (% finished): 2014: 51 (6.6%); 2015: 106 (13.5%); 2016: 163 (22.6%); 2017: 35 (25.2%)

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    Re: Itsacon's 15-year catch-up conversion and painting project log thread thingy

    They don't do slot bases no. I normally cut most of the tab away to leave just a lug, and then drill a hole in the larger bases (where they have the reinforcement) and slot them in like that.

    I see what you mean about the top side although as you are, I also dont know what could be done to change it?

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    Re: Itsacon's 15-year catch-up conversion and painting project log thread thingy

    Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated, really.

    My summer was not filled with a whole lot of painting. I did some assembly, and that pretty much it.

    But summer is over, so I've finally started work on the Techmarine. Here's a preview:


    My goal is to turn the bike into a very extensive Servo Harness. To that end, I'm combining parts of a normal Space Marine bike and the back-end of an Ork bike, to create a threaded, longer chassis. It's still in it's early stages, but I've started! The exhaust will probably be removed at a later stage, but until I'm sure on that, I've decided to leave them for now.

    Since it's literally been years since I did a major sculpting project, and even then I often worked by cutting dried putty, I felt I needed to practice a bit. So I did:



    I had the parts for two complete Dark Angel Dreadnoughts lying about (the Lascannon/Missile Launcher model). So I combined them into a Mortis pattern AA Dreadnought. The left arm is made from sawn-off barrels of the extra Lascannon, combined with the back of a missile launcher and a lot of PC. The trick was alignment and sculpting the whole thing smoothly (which was the point of the whole exercise).

    Add the sensor array from the first Master of the Ravenwing model, a searchlight from the old vehicle accessory sprue, an antenna from the new accessory sprue and of course some obligatory purity seals. Voila. Dreadnought with Helical Sensor Array.

    Some more pictures, including a detail shot of the sculpted arm:
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    Re: Itsacon's 15-year catch-up conversion and painting project log thread thingy

    Rumours of my death have been greatly exagerated, really.

    But I've been changing course.

    While painting, I've been watching 40k games, and reading up, and I've run into a bit of a roadblock: The game really doesn't appeal to me any more. It's basically Epic, but without the balanced ruleset. If I wanted to field even a slightly competitive army, I'd be very hard-pressed to use any of my old models. This lack of motivation to game has translated into a lack of motivation to paint.

    At the same time, I'm feeling more and more drawn to play the old specialist games.

    So I've decided to start by painting those: Necromunda, Blood Bowl, Quest, Gothic, Space Hulk (which I picked up recently). Once those are done, I'll see what I'll do with the 40k and Fantasy stuff.

    So last weekend, I played a few games of good old Necromunda, and to that end, I painted up some of my minis (enough to field a gang):







    I went for a classic green scheme as used by the Heavy Metal team, although modified to my own tastes (a bit more detail). I'll probably be finishing off the rest of my Necromunda models next.

    I also participated in a zombie-apocalypse game, for which I converted and painted up a non-GW mini:



    Brother Muninn, this also means the Ravenwing Techmarine conversion has been demoted to somewhere in the not-so-near future, I'm sorry. If there's a model from the above-mentioned games you'd like to see instead, just let me know.
    Last edited by Itsacon; 18-07-2016 at 09:56.
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    I'm also restoring 20+ old Mk1 Space Marine tanks. Wave your pom-poms!

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    If there's a model from the above-mentioned games you'd like to see instead, just let me know.
    Armageddon Class Batteship

    Nice painting, shame about your feelings for 40k, but at least you are making some headway somewhere, wish I hadnt missed the boat on all the specialist games.

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    Re: Itsacon's 15-year catch-up conversion and painting project log thread thingy

    Slowly, but surely, there is progress. I finished the rest of the Van Saar Gangers:







    Which marks the first time I've painted all models I own for a single force:



    And there was much rejoicing!
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    Yay! Van Saar getting paint! And green paint, to boot! Having just recently gotten a gang together and painted up myself (still a few shy of completion, but enough to field), allow me to share in your rejoice! Really nice paintjobs, too! they'll look good in the hive.

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    Re: Itsacon's 15-year catch-up conversion and painting project log thread thingy

    After Necromunda, it's time for some Fantasy models. To start with: A single mini, the Warhammer Quest Barbarian:



    As you can see, it has a (resin) prefab base. This one comes from back2base-ix. They're pretty good bases, although I had to clean of a bunch of flash, and toss 'em in the dishwasher to get rid of the mold coating.

    The idea is to use these for all of my Warhammer Quest models. The only hero I had painted so far (the Dwarf) was on a big scenic base.



    While this looked pretty impressive, it was impractical in game, and it made the Dwarf the biggest of the four, which is just silly. So I decided to rebase it. (Please note that this was painted over a decade ago, in a completely different style and technique than I'm using now).



    These are interesting minis to paint. They're old mono-pose plastics, which couldn't handle the fine detail that was possible with metal (or modern plastics). But they're still quite detailed. The biggest challenge is that the detail isn't very well marked off (things flow over into each other). For example, the Barbarian has a dagger in his right boot, which isn't really obvious until you paint it properly. You could probably paint it skin-coloured, and you wouldn't know it's there.

    Next up: Blood Bowl!
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    Re: Itsacon's 15-year catch-up conversion and painting project log thread thingy

    What is this? Two updates in one week? Wonders never cease.

    As promised, I've started on the Blood Bowl teams, and to get a quick win, I did the balls:



    I've added a small metal nail to each of them, and magnets to my bases. This is the reason the front of the second ball looks a bit squashed: I attached it to a magnet before the varnish was completely dry.


    Next up is the Human team. They're the plastics that came with the box, and I'm doing them as Reikland Reavers, according to the colour scheme that is on the `How to paint your models' leaflet. And I'm using the period-correct paints! (mostly)
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    hehheh... you've been painting a lot of the same models as I have (I even dug out my old hex-pots too)! That's kinda odd...

    Great job on the van saar, and good luck in the hive from a house-brethren. But I mean really, I even did my barbarian first and have been eyeing my bloodbowl box...

    Anyways, congrats on getting the lead out (and painting it!), can't wait to see more old-school awesome!

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    Re: Itsacon's 15-year catch-up conversion and painting project log thread thingy

    Human team: Finished!



    Painted as Reikland Reavers, following the instructions in the 3rd edition boxset, with largely period-correct paints, and featuring the iconic goblin-green bases!




    Note: I've also updated the listing post a bit. I've removed the Warhammer Quest bestiaries for now, as that's a very big project that probably won't start until everything else is done, and once I do, it'll deserve its own thread. Just the basic set and expansions will keep me busy enough for now.

    Next up: The Quest Wizard and the Blood Bowl Orcs.
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    Re: Itsacon's 15-year catch-up conversion and painting project log thread thingy

    ...and the list grows longer again.

    I picked up Execution Force last weekend, as I'm a sucker for specialist games (especially since this one is co-op), so that's another 24 models to do. At this rate I'll never get finished

    Ah well, we'll see how it goes. I'll probably do my normal Assassins first, as those can be used more easily in normal 40k.


    The Quest wizard is coming along nicely. Mostly just highlighting to do, and some detailing on the gemstones. Should be finished later this week, but since this thread can use more pictures, here's an in-progress shot.



    Also: I need to clean the static grass out of my light-box.
    Last edited by Itsacon; 18-07-2016 at 10:03.
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    I'm also restoring 20+ old Mk1 Space Marine tanks. Wave your pom-poms!

    Models painted (% finished): 2014: 51 (6.6%); 2015: 106 (13.5%); 2016: 163 (22.6%); 2017: 35 (25.2%)

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