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09-03-2007, 19:44
I will add pictures of my huge assortment of stuff, (I might rival deadley tbh) I have been collecting since the late 80s, but have never actually had a full army painted at once, I always lose interest, buy more figs, or change my idea of the exact force to paint, so I have had marines painted in 10 non chapter schemes, blood angels, dark angels, angels of redemption, black templars, and tons other, 3 different craft worlds, and 3-4 different chaos armies, Iggies, i have cadians and catachans, which, I am also buying up daemon hunters and witch hunters so I can have very flexible igs as a core to anything I want to. I have also been toying around with adding more stuff to my forces, and am thinking pretty hard between Necrons, Nids, maybe tau, and since I am fond of the underguy, Orcs might happen too.

Example, I just got in yesterday a mixed box of stuff of plastic kits, including grey knight termies, chimera, russ, chaos marines, havocs, and today, a big order of bits from games workshop of necromunda figs and assorted bits which will be used to bump up my armies, (redemptionist gangs, a couple bounty hunters, lots of cybernetics, vansarr, ect)

The Laughing God
09-03-2007, 20:00
You got a lot of stuff ahead of you..
Looking forward to seeing pics of all the stuff

09-03-2007, 20:28
Well, I moved some stuff around, snapped some photos, organized a little bit, and well, here goes a sampling of some of the stuff.


09-03-2007, 20:29
The Mad doc's lab:

09-03-2007, 20:30
A big ol box of chaos (nowhere near all I have)
Mostly Marines, some Eldar
Russ waiting to be built
IG bits, sentinals, heavy weapons

09-03-2007, 20:30
Here is what $323 looks like in bits:
Figures near the computer, some nearing completion
Stuff waiting to be stripped, plus a few above, hello mr warsmith
Catachans in the tubs, eldar in the box, 2 warwalkers in the plastic containers

I have 2 basalisks hiding around here, a mess of painted and in need of stripping iron warriors I got off ebay, more tanks, and plastic tubs of figures that need sorted/painted.

09-03-2007, 21:06
:eek: Ohh...so-much-stuff...still-packaged...in-boxes...plastic-still-unremoved...ohh...

I think I'm going to faint...

seriously, that's a small fortune worth of models sitting on your shelves doing nothing! Well, that means there's a lot to show in this log, so there's a bright side to everything, I guess:) .

09-03-2007, 23:50
Yeeessh! One question for you...
Got enough models????

09-03-2007, 23:59
So, when are you gonna post me that pile o“junk? :D
just kidding, but what are your goals with this project thread?

10-03-2007, 00:53
my goal, would be to ultimately take this huge pile of figs, and form them into 3-6 armies that I could play with. Also, thru sheer practice, improve my painting skills more.[dice0]

Rogue 7
10-03-2007, 01:03
Well, what are you waiting for? Get to paintin'

10-03-2007, 11:17
3-6 armies!! Think you've got triple that, thats my kids paradise!

10-03-2007, 12:12
The first rule of the MP&T boards is... we dont keep things in packaging!*


Theres a sizeable few armies there, but do what deadley did. Start small. Pick two colors your good at and you'll soon have a smart imperial guard army in no time

*Unless its the precious forgeworld

10-03-2007, 13:22
I am doing the guard army (cadians) in kind of a semi inquisitor, semi city fighting scheme, base of codex gray on the fatigues, with scab red for the armor. between painting, I am also working on stripping a mass of really old marines that I got from ebay (all the light blue tanks in the first photo) its going slowly, I have them sitting in a tub of simple green atm, then scrub them, pick out paint in the recesses, and finally use a water pick on them. the bad part is, the guy with the blue stuff painted directly on the metal/plastic and it is playing hell with the stripping process.

Another problem I am running into, is some of the ebay wins of my IG have paint on them that the simple green can't seem to make headway on, even after a week of soaking, its just not coming off cleanly, anyone have any suggestions for something that will kill tough paint without killing the plastic fig?

Currently in various stages of build, I have a russ, chimera, 10 guardsmen, and a sarge that I am working on, the sarge is for a painting competition on another forum, I messed up part of the guardsmen so they probably will be going for a swim soon.

11-03-2007, 07:44
Well, Starting small, Tonight, I played Vanguard for most of the day (double exp weekend and I am weak that way) using a recipe similar to deadley, I mixed up a pot of 'special sauce' Chaos black, Codex Grey, water, and 'ardcoat, grabbed the first white primed figure I had (who needs a bath in the stripping pools anyway and let him have it with a coat of the sauce to test it out, the results came out pretty good.
And well, People say start small, so, tomorrow, everyone's 2nd favorite abhumans (from the codex that is) are getting primed tomorrow morning (as long as it isn't raining)
I like the color scheme on this guy, but I forgot the exact method I went thru to make him look like this, so I am thinking of redoing him a different scheme, been reading the HH series, and the gunmetal/bronze color scheme of the deathguard sounds really neat, might play around with that and see where it leads.
A Work in progress for my IG army, He is the figure I am doing for a competition on another warhammer forum, he is only partway done, so here he is:

11-03-2007, 08:12
I have had these so long, it almost feels wrong to pop open the blister pack. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/norsehawk/IMG_0494.jpg

At least I have at least 1 mabye 2 packs floating around my piles so I am not going to be hard pressed for eldar musicians in my armies... oh wait, dang, no rules for them... mabye they can be bonesingers?

13-03-2007, 02:03
Well, picked up some more stuff today, some chaos beastmen, chaos fantasy troops, and the like to mix with some catachan parts to make mutants and renegade militiamen, also picked up a few fantasy champions which I am going to try and integrate into 40k with some headswaps and accessories.

One of the standard parts caught my eye, and I had to see if it would look like a good backpack, it had roughly the right size, but needed some more bits and the like, still needs greenstuff and some cleaning up...
some other things I'm playing around with figure wise:
Some more minor updates to my competition figure for another forum, basecoated the accessories with thinned down scorched brown, came out pretty good, need to do highlights still.

Next post, Hobbitses...erm... Halflin...erm... Ratlings, yeah thats it...
(at least I didn't call them Asslings, like I do in EQ)

13-03-2007, 02:06
Painting a squad of Ratling Snipers, Primed, basecoated on the clothing with my mixed up nice mix, and did the very first highlight layer on the clothing.

14-03-2007, 00:51
Sorry my log is not the most exciting thing, last update went without any responses at all, but I will keep plugging away at this.

Made good progress today, got a new lens for my baby, 50mm macro lens, lets me get super close and very high detail shots, of course, with that much closeness, all my flaws will be all the more evident.

Spent today working on the cloaks for 3 imperial psykers,
more work on the competition figure,

and in next post, more of the ratlings.

Battery on camera is getting low so now I need to either find the charger for the battery, or buy a new charger.

(shooting with a Canon EOS 20D 8.2 mp with 50mm macro prime lens)

14-03-2007, 00:54
And the ratlings, and they come prepared with lunch...

14-03-2007, 01:07
Youve got some sweet minis there ,The guard are look good as well ,looking forward to seeing them finshed and good luck with your log :D

14-03-2007, 01:34
WHolly crap thats a nice paint job on the gaurd you have going there.
Out of curiosity what White Primer are you using?

14-03-2007, 01:52
I'm using Armory white, its what the game store had when I went in.

So far, I'm really happy with how the psykers are working out, I'm putting in a ton of work on those little 12 pointers.

19-03-2007, 20:18
Well, with the blessing of Digitsdavid, I swiped one of his ideas and came up with this after a bit of modeling, it still needs some greenstuffing, (and I hope I don't mess that up horribly since I'm a gs noob)


Undead guardsman sarge!

19-03-2007, 20:23
Excellent!!! Do some more! The armies of Darkness shall rise and march forward...!

I see you've put the skeleton all the way up through the body armour. I'm less adventurous as I cheat and carve off the bottom of the torso and meld the skellie and the body armour together.

BTW, I avoid green stuff as much as I can by getting the skull carved closer to fit, then relying on plastic glue "melting" into a tight fit.

Excellent work.

19-03-2007, 20:26
thats spooky, i love it :)


19-03-2007, 20:33
well, I could always do him as the sarge who really likes plasma weapons...

naw, undead it is :)

19-03-2007, 20:35
He's laughing. He's going like "clackclackclackclackclack" in a maniacal way. I'm going to hide under the sofa now...

Seriously chilling. I love it!:D

20-03-2007, 06:09
Norsehawk: keep up the amazing work!!!! keep converting and most of all use the comments and questions we leave you as motivation! that's what i'm doing, and after a month and a half i'm right back into painting!!!

20-03-2007, 23:40
Today I started to put together a new undead guardsman, and I got a nice wild idea, a standard bearer. I present, Zombie standard bearer with skeleton standard.

Hope this gives others some good ideas :)

21-03-2007, 01:02
I like him!

21-03-2007, 01:29
Well someone has to shoot if he's holding the banner.

21-03-2007, 17:40
I really am insane... I just put in an order at forgeworld, it consists of



It looks much less scary with the prices removed.

21-03-2007, 17:42
:D i take it you've just won the lottery then?


21-03-2007, 17:46
what did that come to?! (i mean, you don't have to tell us but i could spend a long night on the website with a calculator :p)

where are the skelly bits from? are they suiable for bases and stuff?


21-03-2007, 17:48
Oh my god, theres 4 figure total there! and your bedroom is full of unopened boxes already!

21-03-2007, 17:49
541 pounds was the total, hey, that gets me free express shipping, woohoo :)

skelly and zombie bits are from a skeleton fantasy box and zombie pirates of the vampire coast bag I found stuffed behind things at my local shop.

21-03-2007, 17:51
The thing is, will you ever get this lot painted? Your rooms starting to look like a GW warehouse!

21-03-2007, 17:52
twice :D get it, send it back and have it sent again :D

are they of appropriate size for human skeletons or are they scaled up to be human sized skeletons - you know as if they are the same size as a human without flesh and skin and everything (that make sense?)


EDIT - if you are single, then have fun, if you have a wife or girlfriend then it's been nice knowing you :D

21-03-2007, 18:19
The skulls look to be on the big side on average and most of the arms from the fantasy ranges don't match up exactly perfectly, some are too long, ect, here is a group shot I put together a few mins ago:

22-03-2007, 04:43
Quick update, after all you brits went to bed, I assembled 20 fantasy chaos beastmen (except heads as of yet) mixed in with the mutations from the chaos sprues and other random bits (not so many of those) to make undivided/khorne mutants (depending on how I decide to paint them, leaning towards khorne. I put together a basic list in Army Builder for a LATD army, just a quick bash together, and it needs heavy support definitely.

my quick idea for the list:
Arch Heretic, termie armor, power weapon, combi melta
4x chosen terminators reaper cannon, 3 combi bolters

Mutants of Khorne (or undivided) 14x
Mutant Boss leading

14 traitors, 13 lasguns, heavy stubba
agitator with lasgun

Big Mutants, 8x 6x firearms, 2x heavy stubba
Big Boss Mutant, heavy stubba

Fast Attack
3x Sentinels 2x lascannon, 1 multilaser

Just a quick list bash together, came out to 996 points.

The other list i put together:
Arch Heretic of Nurgle, daemonic str, plague sword, termie armor, spiky bits,
nurgle's rot, combi bolter
2x traitors
both with stubbas, one led by an agitator
15 plague zombies
4 big mutants, 1 firearm, 2 flamers, big boss with heavy stubber
3x Obliterators
and for Heavy
Traitor Leman Russ, hull lascannon, sponson heavy bolters.

Cadian 21st
22-03-2007, 05:48
- Watch out with that first list as you can only take one Traitor Recon Unit per Traitor squad, which means that the 3 Sentinels will have to be in a single squad. I'm not sure how well 2 Lascannons and a Multilaser compliment one another when they have to fire at a single target.

- The extra strength on the Mutants might be good, but at +3pts a model you may be better off taking the additional 7-8 Mutants that you could get instead.

- If you can find room, try taking some Chaos Hounds. They're really quite good, even just as a unit of 5, as they can tie up enemies that are shooting at your slow, poorly armoured CC-Mutants (assumed, based on the "Burly" add-on).

- Firearms on Big Mutants aren't so great, especially with the Gets Hot! rules. You might be better off splitting the squad into two squads of 4, with three Heavy Stubbers each. Lots of 36" Ass 3 shots coming from them will hurt.

23-03-2007, 23:08
and just to prove that I am a crazy person, another entirely different list I could put together from what I am already painting plus about 12 extra figures:
quote from wiki about minor ordos:
(Unknown name) develops methods to limit the independence of the Adeptes Astares. It was founded during the Horus Heresy and has since been almost forgotten. They were mentioned in the Space Wolf book "Wolfblade", where the assassin Xenothan used a poison, made from the first blossoms of the Mecurian Swamp Orchidm that could temporarily paralyze Space marines. It worked by disrupting and confusing the poison eliminating gland, effectively turning it into a weapon against the Marine.

My list is loosely based around that idea. and as such sports no marines or grey knights.

Inquisitor Lord, Needle pistol, Eviscerator, artificer armor, digital weapons
retinue, 2 acolyte, both with bolt pistols and ccw, 1 with auspex. 1 familiar. 2 sages, 1 veteran guardsman warrior with plasma gun. 2 gun servitors, 1 with heavy bolter 1 with multi melta.

2 death cult assassins

Inquistorial Stormtroopers 8 strong 2 plasmaguns
Inquistorial Stormtroopers 8 strong 2 plasmaguns
Armored Fist number 1
9x lasgun, plasmagun
chimera has multilaser and hull heavy bolter, smoke launcher
Armored Fist number 2
9x lasgun, plasmagun
chimera has multilaser and hull heavy bolter, smoke launcher

Heavy support
Lots of choices here,
Leman Russ Battle Tank
Smoke Launchers, battle cannon, hull lascannon, sponson heavy bolters.

HQ 236 points
Elite 80
Troops 516
Heavy 168
Total: 1000 even.


23-03-2007, 23:29
and further updates on the figure I am working on for a competition, needs to be done in 6-7 days, pretty much down to final details and touchups, comments?


23-03-2007, 23:51
nice work Norsehawk :)

that model was my favourite in my Cadian army, it is very nice.


24-03-2007, 07:09
well nice painting
i like the skelly
but seriously you are crazy completey crazy
keep up the good work

24-03-2007, 13:29
The Guardsman looks good, perhaps try and clean up the red highlights a little as they're a bit thick. I'm fascinated by the fact that you started this log to paint all the grey and silver miniatures you got and end up with even more;)

The Skeleton Guard look excellent!

24-03-2007, 13:42
Of course, thats how it always works out doesn't it. but at least I am making progress, I mean, I have 3 sentinels near done (with magnets installed for weaponry to boot, 10 ratling snipers that are near done, 3 psykers that are getting there, and the sarge which is in the final stages. oh and I should be getting something in the mail today. 2x da army boxes.

24-03-2007, 13:46
2x da army boxes.


On top of the FW stuff?!


You are either crazy or rich. More likely, both:p .

Ah, well, at least we get to enjoy the models without having to buy and paint it, you're doing it for us! I'm looking forward to more stuff from you!

24-03-2007, 14:31
a lot of one, a little bit of the other. I can be a cheap bastard, but I also spend a lot on things I care about a lot. example, my car is 14 years old (it works, even tho the ac doesn't, and its paid for) my computer gets upgrades/remakes pretty often, I barely buy any music (nor do I steal it), I don't drink, I live in a cheap apartment for my area. yet, I have every modern console (or multiples) a $2000 tv. No crotchspawn, nor any plans to have any. and I also have no love interest a the moment, so even more free money.

24-03-2007, 14:34
oh, and I need to dig thru my stuff a bit, earlier today I was looking thru the Compendium, and came across an article about imperial robots, and that reminded me that I have a few around here somewhere. talk about old school. and did GW ever make a marine figure with a shuricat? I seem to remember one as well.

24-03-2007, 16:27
alas and alak! the mailman let me down, no big shiny boxes for me today, guess I will have to drool on something else.

Cleaning up one of my bits purchases from gw, a necromunda bounty hunter, I've never seen him used anywhere, and the picture on the webpage doesn't do him justice, planning on having him either be an inquisitor or an IG character. let me look around and see if i can find a shot of him since I need to charge my camera badly.
thats him

24-03-2007, 18:39
Gw did indeed make a marine with a shuriken catapult. Third row down far left.


Back in the RT days when a marine picked up whatever he had around him at the time and adorned his armour with whatever trophies he wanted.

As for the robots all I can say is you lucky ?*£@. I have been trying to get some of those for a while as I missed buying them when I started playing many moons ago and need them now for my Dark Ad Mech army....

Keep up the updates the LaTD are looking good :D . Nice red work on the sarge too.
Pop the eldar blister I did the same on a Harlequin jetbike a few days ago it had the same type of blister hehe.


luna wolf
24-03-2007, 20:56
norsehawk there is a few models i want to get in all that stuff you have

the dark angel
24-03-2007, 21:25
omg.... just one word of advise: BUY NOTTHING ELSE!
i dont understand how you let all that pile uo, please tell :p

24-03-2007, 21:32
when I moved a few months back, I had a rogue trader era bitzbox, I'm still looking for that thing, its full of old school weapons, parts of the beaky box sets (30 beakies for 30 bucks woo) tons of old eldar bits, ect

Downside of having so many old eldar figs is that a ton of my guardians are still toting around lasguns. and others are carrying lascannons and missile launchers, I suppose I could paint the missile launcher eldar as dark reapers, but what to do with the lascannons

24-03-2007, 21:54
Bright lance weapons "platform" gunners?

24-03-2007, 22:26
Maybe, except he's carrying it like a rifle. it could work, just hang one of my old school spotters with him.

24-03-2007, 22:53
It'd be a touch unorthodox by today's normal 40k standards, but with Eldar tech, it's hardly impossible ;)

Besides, some of those old models are too cool NOT to figure out how to use...

26-03-2007, 13:04
Well, ups says that the forgeworld stuff should be here today, and the da stuff is due as well, and if I'm lucky, an ebay auction or two I won might show up (mostly small stuff)

Won some old stormtroopers, 8 for 21.50 the other day, woot ;)

26-03-2007, 13:52
plastic at that price! i just hope you meant the metal guys ;)

26-03-2007, 14:17
You are bidding on a group of 8 Warhammer 40K Imperial Storm Trooper models. These are not the Kasrkin models, but are the older Storm Troopers with gas masks and integrated backpacks (sometimes associated as Inquisitorial Storm Troopers).

Models are in new condition.

Included are the following:

(1) Metal Sgt w/Plasma Pistol, Auspex, and Boltgun slung over chest
(1) Metal Storm Trooper w/Plasmagun
(1) Metal Storm Trooper w/Grenade Launcher
(5) Metal Storm Troopers w/Hellguns

and thats usd, not gbp, so 2.68 U.S. dollars = 1.36435371 British pounds each

26-03-2007, 14:35
Oh, Inquisitorial troopers! that is about the going rate over here too.

26-03-2007, 20:57
Well, just got my forgeworld box in, a mere 10 kilos of pretty stuff and IA books.

playin around going to build the main body of the 'fex but, I've never built one before, anything I need to be aware of?

planning on doing many of the big items with options as magnetics so I can change the options as needed (head, arms)

26-03-2007, 21:03
just out of interest, how did you get it? was it brought to you're door?
i can't imagine it :wtf:

the carnifex - i am not a nid player but i think that theres a well known thing about the back join not matching up. on M P&T general, Brush your teeth started a thread about it, try forum search and it might help you out.


26-03-2007, 21:15
Yeah, ups is one of the companies that delivers here, the guy just knocked on the door about 20 minutes ago, with a really big box, I was even a bit suprised at the weight.

26-03-2007, 22:09
What, no picture of you rolling in all those FW goodies?

26-03-2007, 23:05
well, I did take pictures of the boxes and some of the contents, right now I'm cleaning and putting together the main body of the 'fex right now

the back plate is definitely misshapen, and is going to require some greenstuffing, so far I've got the torso and legs all together, put together the heads (still need cleaning) the wrecking ball, battering ram, and one of the claws.

27-03-2007, 02:45
when you have an order as big as mine, forgeworld seems to go the extra mile to get the package super fast and it was extremely well packed as well, (its going to be a multi post from me)

Well, here is the box that was very expensive...

I opened the box quickly, and found 6 smaller boxes inside, 2 labels sticking up, one of the dkok leman russ variants, and the 'fex


The box on the very top was the IA books, 1, 3, 4, and the update. pulling that out, and the fex, left me with 4 more boxes inside.


27-03-2007, 02:50
Now I'm not *planning* on making a DKoK army for the time being, definitely not until after I paint the rest of my stuff, but some of the DKoK tanks look pretty neat. and I got the variant hellhound because I hate the small tanks on the current model and the way they look, the turret on the variant I got also looked really nice so I went with that one.


Oh and for my marines.


I got a big set of arms to go with him and my other dreds when I convert them over to magnetic arms.

and there is more stuff to go thru, no pics of the 'fex yet since he is half built and still very standard looking, except that I mounted the FW tail spike, I'm going to have to look into figuring a way to magnetize the top shell bit as well and I think I have a good plan for that.

and a few more pics of more FW goodies:

27-03-2007, 03:38
Well got my poster stuff and did a quick mock up of the 'fex with all the toys, I plan to have his head, carapace and all arms magnetic so I can swap as the need/list decrees (when I actually get building the whole 'nid army sometime in the future)

As far as color scheme, I am leaning towards either classic space hulk colors of blue/purple, or something a bit more interesting along the lines of Blue/green, I Don't want to have bone like many people all over, and red to me is overdone (even tho it looks killer) but I am wanting to use paints I don't use often, stuff in the blue/green/purple pallettes would be a welcome change from iron warriors and/or grey/red of my IG

(edit, helps if I add the pics)

27-03-2007, 03:45
Man thats a hell of alot of stuff to get through! Good luck with it and im loving the comp. guardsman, very clean and nice! once again good luck, i think youll need it!

27-03-2007, 04:07
here is the completed pic on the competition figure, I could do more super tiny details, but I am declaring him done at this point.

Dynamic shot, http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/norsehawk/IMG_0551.jpg
and the picture I probably won't submit since its too detailed on the face, but shows the chest eagle pretty well (plus flash went off)

27-03-2007, 06:54
the pictures look awesome, you should do very well indeed in the comp! and i'm insanely jealous of your montorus amount of FW!

27-03-2007, 07:32
Good luck in the competition. He's great!

27-03-2007, 15:14
Ahhh, come here kitty, kitty...*gestures with index finger*

That is just such a cute Carnifex, it looks so sweet! (Note that I am a Tyranid player and therefore undoubtedly mentally unstable);)

What a wonderful feeling it must be to open those boxes and explore the contents...and what a terrible pain to check your bank account afterwards...

28-03-2007, 23:01
Well, no major updates, last few days I have been stripping minis I got off ebay and other old paint jobs that just are bad. I sat down to do a bit of painting today and my little light I use to paint with blew out as soon as I turned it on.

taking that as an omen, and the fact that I wouldn't be able to see the very fine details of what I'm working on, I instead sat down and started cleaning all the mold lines and repairing about 50 cadians I got off ebay. I much prefer the guys who use super glue instead of plastic glue for assembly since I can then pop off and reposition things when needed. been putting several of them back on bases, reattaching arms that fell off, ect to get them prepped for priming soon so I can start cranking out the troops. I plan (yeah, I'm sure I will stick to it...not) to paint a squad then something special, be it a character, squad from a different army, tank, or other special thing to break up the monotony of painting the same type of thing over and over again.

More than likely, I will start painting a squad, get distracted and start painting that too while the squad gets pushed to the back of the table.

30-03-2007, 01:57
Been cleaning and stripping figures until I get the new bulb for my lamp, had a load of guardsmen that I got on ebay, they were in 3 different color schemes, (one bright green and purple)

These are the products of what I've been doing. (just the guardsmen, I have a bunch of other stuff thats been getting stripped too)


30-03-2007, 07:36
What are you using to strip them Norse?

30-03-2007, 12:26
brake fluid, since one of the guys used some sort of paint that almost had a tar consistancy that soaking (for up to 2 weeks) in simple green just wouldn't kill. a day in brake fluid and it came right off mostly.

30-03-2007, 16:12
Cheers for the tip. Made up any more dead guys?

30-03-2007, 20:29
a few, but life has been intruding on my fun so not as many as I would like.

07-04-2007, 15:06
I present, 10 minute gaunts.

I wanted to try super fast painting for tabletop of the horde type troops, so with some of the battle for macragge gaunts plus some extra ones from a gaunt box, I cleaned, assembled, basecoated with blue spray paint, did scaly green on the carapace, and a very fast highlight on the carapace.

I plan on doing bases, redoing the carapace and maybe going with a darker basecoat instead of the lighter one for the next batch.

09-04-2007, 16:40
gaunts are up to about 17 minutes, I think at 20 I will be very close to done.


the flash kind of did them overbright, there is a bit more contrast between carapace and the body.

I still need to do bases, teef, tongues, and claws. I might consider doing the eyes, but since these are a mass of them, they don't need superb details

16-04-2007, 12:15
well, third painting update with no responses, but I shall plug on.

been working on more nid stuff, nothing really to snap a photo of yet, but have been darkening the skin of the main body and on the jags putting a stripe of sunburst yellow in the scorpion green parts.

Also last night I started to work on a test figure for my own DA successor chapter, the paint scheme is planned to be similar in design to the flesh tearers, but with bone where the red is, and green where the black is.

flash went off, but this is the basecoat:

I am also painting this model with vallejo paints, and so far, I like them. behind him you can see the sword he is going to be wielding and the combat shield. those need to be primed still

16-04-2007, 12:18
The successor should be cool. How long before you can finish him?

16-04-2007, 12:20
well, I should be able to prime his extra bits today, and from there, I'm hoping by the end of the day, but I still have to do some other pressing issues (taxes blech)

16-04-2007, 14:13
About another hour or so of painting on him brings me to this, still needs a lot of work but its slowly coming together


16-04-2007, 17:23
lokking good norsehawk, keep up the fantastic work, i want to see forgeworld pictures

Cadian 21st
16-04-2007, 19:47
- The pink looks cool :D. Somehow I missed your last updates :(. Anyways, the Gaunts look neat, though the Sharpie-d black lines look a little too strong. Nonetheless, interesting concept with the Nidz - kinda like that white fex with the red and black :D.

20-04-2007, 18:02
following some ebay wins... I also now have tau to chip away at, here is a 15 minute paint job over black primer as a color test, so far I like it.

20-04-2007, 18:19
Is it me or do you have a fascination for bright colours?;)

The Gaunts look very good for such a fast painting method, although the pic shows the contrast between skin and carapace pretty badly as you said. The pattern on the carapace draws the attention away from the "sloppier" parts, a trick I use as well.

The Dark Angel successor looks really good, especially the armour, even though I'm not a big fan of the light blue. On the drone though it looks very good IMO.

04-05-2007, 14:48
Tau Color Test for firewarriors, this is the one that I am going with. I was also trying a bluegrey color on the fatigues but it matched with the other colors too well and kind of blended together, I need to finish up the base, going to try my hand at some static grass and some modeling snow stuff for a winter type base. Which is the reason I tried to go for more 'cold' colors on the figure.


Paints used are a mix of vallejo game color, the new p3 paints, reaper master series (for the little bit of metal) and codex grey on the straps on the legs and the drybrush on the base.

Rogue 7
04-05-2007, 14:56
Interesting Tau color scheme. I quite like it, in particular the blacklining of the armor.

04-05-2007, 15:00
the black lining is a nice cheat I can get away with ( http://www.gellyroll.com/products/pens/pigmamicron/pigmamicron.html )
005 size

04-05-2007, 15:15
I like it. I like it a lot. Very mech-like colour scheme, will go very well with the snowy bases.

Keep it up!

04-05-2007, 17:01
very cool :) like it a lot ;)


06-05-2007, 01:22
working on the rest of the squad for the fire warriors (its what I had primed) one of the arms absconded off one of them so once I find it, or prime a replacement it will be attached to him as well.


06-05-2007, 05:40
also, since I was watching some tv, and not painting past midnight I decided to try my hand at a squad of Karnak Skull Takers. using a mix of catachans, chaos renegades, some beastmen sprues, and assorted other stuff laying around.

No pics yet, probably in the morning, but squad is glued together, needs cleaning and all, but
8 guardsmen with axe/laspistol
1 guardsman pointing with a flamer
1 sarge with laspistol and cybernetic arm with chainsword.

14-05-2007, 02:24
Still need to paint up a spare arm for the one who has one missing, but they are all but done, still need to do a few highlights on the hooves, seal em up, do the static grass (first time ever using the stuff so wish me luck) and snow effects (in moderation) to finish em up completely


14-05-2007, 10:23
wow those are awesome, incredible colouring :)


Angel Robertson
14-05-2007, 10:43
Very cool style! Great colours that i think could only work well on tau!


14-05-2007, 20:14
Works very well. I've always thought of tau as fish. These colours make them even more so!!

22-05-2007, 02:32
No major updates tonight as far as pictures, but I will be starting a scenery log soon, Got a bunch of Hirst Arts molds and have been making small terrain pieces based on cd's have 3 made, and have the basic colors down on them now.

On the miniature front, still working on tau, have a broadside that is nearing completion, and after reading the pihrana masterclass on the gw site, decided to try out the artists gouache, the stuff is amazing, you thin it down, paint it in the cracks and you don't need to be careful either, let it dry for a few moments, grab a damp q-tip and wipe it over the surface, all the overpainting comes right off and it looks great and is very simple.

Camera battery is charging so no pics right now, add to the fact that its night time and the best pics work in the daytime. I will try and get some new pics up after class tomorrow.

22-05-2007, 06:10


Man i will be watching this..

Amazing stuff... and So much, maybe enough to rival deadly.

25-05-2007, 12:51
Some more WIP figs, using the goauche adding chips and battle damage and the like to make them look a little less pristine.

25-05-2007, 13:55
Nice, I like the worn look on the battlesuits. Shows they're the grizzled veterans, as well as being mechanical constructs which are less easily kept clean than a fire warrior suit!

Cadian 21st
03-06-2007, 04:23
- Glorious painting, as always! You make those bright colours really fit into the dirtier themes. I like the skin on the Fire Warrior's head!

03-06-2007, 18:09
Norsehawk amazing!! you make painting at a master class level look easy! keep it up mate

15-06-2007, 18:15
Since I am doing my IG for the tale of x painters thing on the general board, I decided to get started a little early, decided to go with a tank camo scheme from the gw site, and so I present:


Painted an old tank black, drybrushed codex grey onto it, drybrushed the mechrite red kind of thick, over that, privateer press ember orange, and then jabbed an old brush in sunburst yellow at it, once that was all dry, I went over the tank wtih a thinned down Winsor & Newton Designers gouache in Jet black, let that dry, and then went over the tank with a few damp qtips to erase the extra black and leave it in the crevicies and around the bolts.

I still need to do a bit more for weathering, paint chips and the like, and do the turret as well (plan to use several of my forgeworld turrets as swap ins.

Oh, and another 296 pounds worth of forgeworld stuff is incoming to my place, 2 squads of dkok, malcador, a vindicator, and cadian upgrades, also a few inquisition bits for chimeras and landraider

16-06-2007, 00:11
oooh plasmasturm right? i love it!

only thing is, lighter drybrushes will make the colours run together better. nice work buddy!


18-06-2007, 23:50
Well, tonight the ups guy dropped off the first part of my forge world order, 2 squads of dkok (not going to do an army (at least for now) cadian upgrades, inquisitor chimera doors/one land raider door, the new book, vindicator kit, inquisitor brass etches, and on/around july 2, my malcador should be incoming

Uchiha Sasuke
29-06-2007, 14:02
oh wow, that is a lot of figures you have there, care to give some away?;)

I do love the tau colour scheme you have chosen i might hav to adapt a bit n use a light blue/grey scheme for my nids! You have some very nice conversions going on with the undead guardsmen (i was quite proud of my LoTD untill now).

Oh and the forge world... I pity the fool... when he looks at his bank statement:p

good luck though with all the painting im deffinitly keeping an eye on this thread maybeh if i ever get a decent cam i could start a not-so-large-and-lower-quality log :D

03-07-2007, 03:27
Well, today being July 2nd, the ups guy came and dropped off the 2nd half of my Forgeworld order, and without futher ado,

Guess what I'm painting for the first month of the tale of 75 painters? :)

03-07-2007, 08:56
Glad you've dropped this on us, It shouldn't be that hard to convert a Russ chassis into one of these now I've seen your pics! Gona need alot of dice to roll for those HB's!

04-07-2007, 22:14
Well, got the weapons magnetized, and I even succeeded in getting all the magnets going the right way too

and the messed up hatch:

05-07-2007, 11:13
:eek: there's so much detail on that thing! Can't wait to see what you'll be doing with it!

05-07-2007, 11:23
Along of GS work to tidy up the faults, I'm the same, hate resin but love its detail to put up with it!

05-07-2007, 11:33
i love the rear part where the tracks have a proper cog wheel, looks mint :D


09-07-2007, 04:23
Dear Lord. By the time you finish all your miniatures GW will be long gone, and the only pristine boxes left will be yours.

Guard them well.

27-07-2007, 21:16
Here are a few more work in progress pics of my malcador for the tale of 40k painters:


This is with the gouache fully applied, the next 2 are where I start to erase the parts on the high spots:


28-07-2007, 04:18
These are some really nice minis, I especially like the plasma storm scheme on your tanks.

02-08-2007, 16:46
Love the camo.

What's the big white thing?

03-08-2007, 13:56
Ok, here is what I accomplished on the Malcador, its been raining the last few days, so finally got to get out and snap some photos of the tank.


03-08-2007, 14:00
thats is awesome! just loving the camo!

03-08-2007, 14:02
beautiful work mate :)

really want to make one now...



03-08-2007, 14:06
Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, tannnnnk.

Looks awesome Norsehawk.

03-08-2007, 14:38
Oh, that looks fantastic. Great work on the camo. And I like the seals and parchments too. :D

07-08-2007, 22:11
Some WIP of what I am working on currently for the tale of 40k gamers thread on the general forum, this month as I said earlier is going to be a light month due to the fact that my Malcador took up a whopping 324 points, leaving only 76 points if I wanted to stick around 200 points a month. With that in mind, I am doing a single infantry squad with Plasma/Heavy bolter which comes out to 80 points, I am using figures that I got off of ebay, Steel legion, I am not stripping them before hand as the guys paint wasn't thick (he had a tan jacket on them with grey everything else, I am doing grey coat, with leather on boots, gloves and gas masks, and planning on red helmets, the thing I am unsure on however is what I am going to do with the pants that you can see for a tiny bit of space between the bottom of the coat and the top of the boots, Thinking of doing red, but I don't really like red pants, maybe fortress grey, or something else. open to suggestions as of now, leather is just basecoated, coats are codex grey with just a black magic sauce wash on them, bases are codex/drybrushed fortress. I'm hoping the leather and the red will be enough to make them separate from the bases since before I did the leather their camo looked near perfect.


Images are not perfect, sorry, was in a bit of a hurry to get a shot of them

08-08-2007, 14:09
I REALLY like the blackened blackline effect thingyou have going on with the malcador, did you mention somewhere its gouache rubbed away?
im interested in this technique!

08-08-2007, 20:02
I REALLY like the blackened blackline effect thingyou have going on with the malcador, did you mention somewhere its gouache rubbed away?
im interested in this technique!

Yes its Gouache, its a great item, its a water color paint, you take some out of the tube, mix it up with water to thin it down and then paint it onto the figure, once its dried, you can use anything that is damp to wipe away the bits that are on raised/flat areas, Once you have taken off all that you want to, you then seal it with a few thin coats of sealer and you are good to go.

I'm thinking of trying something when I start to paint some eldar tanks that I have where the main body will be a dark color, but the seams will be bright.

09-08-2007, 17:09
Does it not smear when rubbed witha damp rag??

09-08-2007, 17:25
You have a rukia statue! Bleach<3
Liking the work too^^

09-08-2007, 22:36
Does it not smear when rubbed witha damp rag??

it would, unless you seal it. the sealer protects the watercolor from the dampness

17-08-2007, 20:44
Ok, well, here is the concept I have so far for my Marines chapter, I haven't done any real shading at all at this point, so everything is still flat color, this is what I accomplished on my new space marines (primed them yesterday and had a bit of a primer mishap but some scrubbing with a toothbrush got rid of most of the dust)

Still up in the air as far as a name for these guys, Kind of leading towards Mortis Guard, quick backstory bit, they follow dark angels ruleset (mostly, but could also easily be a codex of blood angels successor depending on how I want to play the list at the time) and have markings that are very similar to dark angels, but no official record of their creation and who they are descended from can be found.

When raised to scout, they have a skull tattoo applied that covers the face to the top lip. Potentially I am thinking of doing allied imperial guardsmen which would represent applicants who wish to join the chapter, starting with conscript squads, a few more advanced guardsmen would be ones in the second phase of culling, and the ones who are still alive and make the cut become full fledged scouts. The geneseed would be installed later in life than is standard for other chapters, and I am thinking of applying a bit of fluff from the doom eagles where when they become full marines they join the ranks of the Dead.

The best bit is, these guys are fairly easy to paint so I can do squads pretty fast

17-08-2007, 20:53
Nice work Norsehawk! Great colour scheme and very interesting fluff! The skull on the hemlets a great idea!
What kind of red did you use for those marines?

17-08-2007, 20:54
Great stuff mate. I particularly love the malcador!

17-08-2007, 21:04
so far, the red is just mechrite red from the foundation line

here is the painting process for the marines, prime black, drybrush boltgun metal to get the base down, don't drybrush a ton on since you want a darker metallic color, paint shoulder insets and kneepads black (gonna think about putting extra heraldry stuff on them, tho I am considering letting the skull face be the full chapter designation) Do highlights in the red, do the death mask and chest eagle in white. eyes were done with khador red base from the privateer press line as well. Not a bad start at all for less than 4 hours painting on em.

17-08-2007, 21:20
No, not bad at all. I've been playing with the idea of picking up some of the foundation paints. What's your opinion on them?

17-08-2007, 21:40
I love the mechrite red so far, have used tallarn flesh once, and the brown one once, but most of the rest are still sitting in the carriers they came with, haven't gotten to use them very much yet. the mechrite red by far is my favorite so far tho.

Oh, and to do what I meant to... here are some closeups, mind that these are still pretty rough:

17-08-2007, 21:53
Definitely looking like a good start though. Even up close, that red looks incredibly smooth. I've always had trouble putting red on black.

17-08-2007, 23:01
lets put it this way, the red on the marines is a single coat, over silver/black.

17-08-2007, 23:25
The skull on the beakie kicks ass. Going to have to try that out in the future. This assault troops already look pretty sweet, with highlights they'll look awesome. Look foreward to seeing the finished squad.

17-08-2007, 23:46



04-09-2007, 23:38
Got my new chaos box in today, flipped thru the new codex, and started trying to put together the basics for the brass scorpion I plan on building, already put an order in for a legs sprue so I can get that going. Got the very basics of the torso started, with my limited greenstuff ability, i've got the hellmaw cannons and the demolisher cannon mounted on the front part of the torso. I really need to charge my camera, so I can get some good pics up

05-09-2007, 01:33
i'm jealous of the fact that you have the new chaos 'dex already, i won't get that for almost 2 weeks! is it worth the money?

05-09-2007, 02:27
I like the new list, I see where it has been streamlined, and loses a bit of the flavor of some of the legions, but I can deal with it since I was never a real big cult or legion player. (I roughly played Iron warriors, but without using the 4th heavy slot) because I liked the fluff, this time thru I am definitely doing some rubric marines for troops choices, once I start painting them at least.

the new list, I like it overall, and it fixes several problems (I might even take Kharn now to play hunt the skimmer)

05-09-2007, 07:36
I love your tank scheme for your IG. Do you mind if i stea.....err borrow the idea?

05-09-2007, 08:48
The tank scheme is taken from the gw site on tank camo, so feel free :)

05-09-2007, 21:01
Oh my, I actually finished painting some stuff!

The last is what I have finished for my imperial guard, oh and for a preview. *whistles*

05-09-2007, 21:06
Great looking stuff there man. I'm jealous. You got the chaos stuff. I want it. Badly.

Good work.

05-09-2007, 21:23
I actually grabbed a pair of legs, a shoulder pad, and a back piece from the normal chaos terminators sprue and was able to make a 2nd lord from the spare bits (the lightning claw dude)

The new chaos squad upgrade sprue is really good, you get a standard bearer pole, and icons for each of the 4 powers and undivided, you also get cult bits on there as well, shoulder pads special weapons, a heavy bolter, and heads that are good for each of the pwers as well. I'm very impressed with this set a lot.

06-09-2007, 03:22
Your Steel Legions and Malcador tank are beautiful man, just beautiful :D

11-09-2007, 21:48
Well, once in a while, I just go crazy, and its usually when Forgeworld shows off new stuff. the new Vulcan Heavy Bolter Macharius did me in, and you know, I do hate to pay shipping charges...


12-09-2007, 00:04
You sir, are certifiably insane.

12-09-2007, 12:38
*sprays coffee out of mouth* , HOLY ***** dude, you're nuts! HOW MUCH DID YOU SPEND NORSEHAWK?

12-09-2007, 13:41
Seeing as he hates paying for shipping, I would say a grand total of more than 250 GBP.


12-09-2007, 13:55

that is in Aussie dollars... *quickly opens XE currency converter*.... waiting, waiting waiting...

DEAR GOD that's $605.60 in Australian dollars !

That is heaps.

Insane man, he must rob banks or sells arms to small dictatorships to fund his 40k addiction.

12-09-2007, 15:12
If you think thats insane, look at Cripplers logs ;)

12-09-2007, 15:19
Oh yeah, i swear crippler is probably in financial debt!

12-09-2007, 18:55
eh, its in the neighborhood of $600 and change usd, £338.00 gbp, ok, closer to 700... eh

14-09-2007, 20:42
well, Forgeworld shipped a little package for me to play with while the rest arrives, I got the salamander scout, 2 heavy bolter chimera turrets and the dkok command squad

Working on assembling the sally right now the turret has a pretty bad bend in it

02-10-2007, 21:22
Got my months stuff done for tale of 40k painters, marine devastator squad and a leman russ demolisher.


The demolisher got pictures when conditions were worsening outside so even tho it was outside, the camera still wanted to use the flash, I will eventually resnap good photos of the tank

03-10-2007, 14:09
Nice work Norsehawk, I'm just loving the red on the Marines!

03-10-2007, 16:25
Nice work Norsehawk.

What do you think would be a good GW alternative to the P3 orange you used?

03-10-2007, 17:53
hmm, as far as a color close to the p3 ember orange, I would have to say something along the lines of bronzed flesh with a bit of extra orange and yellow tossed in and maybe a tiny bit darker, its a pretty unique color.

04-10-2007, 13:21
Here is what I have been working on last night and tonight. a nid color scheme that is pretty unique and interesting looking. Around Florida, we have some pretty unique critters running around, this one is relatively rare, but very interesting looking:

I decided to try and use that as a carapace idea for 'nids, so I started on a test figure, I think to make it look better I need to lower the number of specks and make them a bit bigger as well, especially on the head.


Thoughts? (figure is still being worked on so not final yet)

13-10-2007, 02:21
jeez what do u do for a living man thats porbabily worth 4 grand man

14-10-2007, 22:30
Well, I went to my local store yesterday and was able to nab myself a baneblade (2 more are on their way to me as well)

Yesterday I built it, today I started to paint it:


Doing my normal plasma storm paint scheme, will have to prime the sponsons, hb turret, main turret next, as well as magnetize them when the new magnets arrive, planning on being able to pull off the sponsons and swap the main gun on the tank.

Death Korp
15-10-2007, 16:33
*faints* *gets back up again* *faints* :eek::eek::eek:

You sir is not insane...you need mental help....;)

I'd kill for a FW order like that. Oh, and nice colour scheme on the tanks...


15-10-2007, 16:50
I'm amazed at how quickly you got that done. I did originally magnetize the main guns on the turret, and although it was easy to do, I realized that I would never use the hellhammer varient anyways, and so I took the magnets off. That plus the fact that I never would have been able to do a magnetised weapon swap on the sponsons anyways. Yours is looking spiffy though.

15-10-2007, 17:12
My friend's game shop was closing here in Taiwan. Before he told everyone else that he was going to sell everything at 50% off. He told me. Well I talked to my G/F about it because I was not sure I wanted to send that much money and she tells me I should just buy it all.... In the end I only spent around $1000 USD

But you Sir... well all I have to say is Wow

08-12-2007, 13:18
Lately I've been busy with school, but I did get some stuff accomplished lately.

Baneblade that is getting close to complete:

Marines and stuff nearing completion/completed:

Death Korp
08-12-2007, 13:35
very good stuff, especially that Baneblade :)

i wish you the best of luck getting through all that stuff :)


11-12-2007, 22:19
Well, I have started a frenzy of building... 103 terminators and 36 berserkers showed up today. Along with 5 land raiders.

12-12-2007, 01:15
103? Good lord! Why???

Not that, y'know, it's bad. Not at all. I'd love to have 103 terminators. Just...why?

12-12-2007, 01:26
why? well, gw offered The Deathwing on the USA site and well, it was um... shiny!

Oh, and there are also a few (32) chaos termies on the way too

12-12-2007, 15:00
So you got the Deathwing, the Maelstrom of Gore, and the Chaos Annihilation force?

You sir, are certifiably insane. And you have lots of money... Which may not be a healthy combination, but it's definitely one I want to have.

12-12-2007, 15:52
I, too, would love that combination. Oh, would I love it.

12-12-2007, 16:50
Well, I have started a frenzy of building... 103 terminators and 36 berserkers showed up today. Along with 5 land raiders.

i would love to be able to get all that stuff. how many points, basic, of stuff do you reckon you have lying around?

12-12-2007, 17:58
Lets see, in boxes, off the top of my head:
2 baneblades
the rest of the IG big box of troops (I assembed 2 boxes of cadians)
9 more leman russ, got one of the 10 packs, assembled one so far
(with various forgeworld turrets and conversion kits for them)
1 command salamander
9 basalisks
3 or so chimeras
10 pack of sentinels
armorcast warhound titan with plasma blastgun and Vulcan mega bolter

4-5 carnifex
6 boxes of gaunts
2 hive tyrants
Other stuff :)

Space marines
The Deathwing
1 battle company that is about 20% assembled
some rhinos/predators
total of 7 land raiders that need assembly
various small squads and stuff
the rest of 2 ravenwing boxes

2 of the 3 tank boxes
1 of the 9 battlesuit/3 stealth suit boxes
the rest of 2 megaforces
2 of those forgeworld tau little stealth drone fighters

3 wave serpent
2 boxes of dire avengers
2 of fire dragons
eldar army

New army:
1 battleforce assembled
1 monolith assembled
1 heavy destroyer
1 destroyer lord

2 battleforces
1 more monolith
2 more heavy destroyers

Chaos megaforce
6 boxes of terminators
2 more lords
chaos land raider
tide of spawn

Assorted stuff
Vindicator 3 pack, probably will do at least one for my chaos since I have a forgeworld vindi
Several small boxes of Daemon hunters stuff
Several boxes of witch hunters stuff
everything else I forgot

Lately I've been thinking of painting up part of some of my forces and selling on ebay. I also have a big amount of older figures, as well as stuff right now being stripped in the bathroom.

12-12-2007, 18:18
So, where do you get all this money from, if you don't mind me asking? XD. I wanna get into that field.

13-12-2007, 17:53
Space marines
The Deathwing

you dont do things by half, do you?

14-12-2007, 01:42
Well, today was my last final for this semester... Free time! woot!

I've been busy in the spare moments since Tuesday...


14-12-2007, 08:57
Oh god...that's not even half of it yet! :eek:

Well congrats on the spare time, you're gonna need it all if you want to finish this stuff before the next millenium! :p Looking forward to more stuff Norsehawk.

14-12-2007, 19:08
Well, I continue to build more terminators, as of now, 63/103 so far.


I also shot some pics of stuff I'm working on now, including the progress on my test terminator (who is not close to being done yet, but making good progress)


That shoulder pad is one of the forgeworld Dark angels ones. I love the right shoulderpads from them, but the left ones are less detailed than the plastic ones that come with the terminators.

45 minutes of work to get this medic from primed to this point, I still need to finish up his base and give him a backpack so that he will be done.


14-12-2007, 19:09
This guy needs some basework and a backpack


detail shots of some of the marine bikes I'm working on:

14-12-2007, 19:10
I got some tamiya weathering items from the warstore last week so I tried them out on the exhausts, so far I'm pretty happy:


So, how does the weathering look so far? I did the bronzed metal on the middle of the exhaust, then blue at the tip.

14-12-2007, 19:46
the weathering adds a great effect, i really like it

21-12-2007, 17:50
Well, I've been painting on my baneblade some more today, I have the shading done on most of the tank, just the side sponsons are left. Also picking out fine details on the tank at this point. My goal is to have it complete and finished by Monday, or the end of the month at the latest.


Hope you enjoy, I might go back once I finish all the eagles and add a smidge of yellow to highlight the orange.

21-12-2007, 22:40
I have a stash a bit like yours though it was gained through years of being a GW staffer. I would die of fright at the thought of paying full price for it all. Probably 'cos I am jock (Scot) though.

I will keep a lookout on your thread to see how the Brass Scorpion is coming along when you eventually post some pics of it.

21-12-2007, 22:43
my chaos forces are currently on the back burner while I focus on my marines and guard. When I have a bit of extra greenstuff or procreate, or brownstuff (whatever I happen to be using, I place a bit more onto the body of the scorpion to help bulk it up. It still needs a ton of work, but the tail is made with the barrels of a hellblaster volley gun from fantasy. By request tho, I snapped some pics of what has been done so far:


21-12-2007, 23:32
oh, and something else I started to buildify:


22-12-2007, 14:58
Ork Spearhead arrived today via the fedex guy, no pretty box :( building trukk now, pics later.

22-12-2007, 15:03
The exhaust weathering needs a couple more coats before it'll be looking good. It's a good start, though.

Your insane amounts of models continues to amaze. How easy is the new trukk to assemble?

22-12-2007, 15:12
well in a half hour, I've gotten to the point where I'm about to start setting up the gunner's nest, step 7 out of 9, so far, very easy

Kasrkin 666
22-12-2007, 15:21

Nothing else to be said. What do yo do BTW? I mean I'm pretty sure money doesn't come out your a**........or does it?:p


22-12-2007, 15:26
Inherited some money, work part time, and go to college.

22-12-2007, 16:18
Having not played orks before, as well as not having the codex yet, I haven't placed any of the optional bits except for one on the trukk. I made the decision not to put the front plate of armor onto the trukk because i love the way the front grill looks. The gunner and driver are not attached, so that I can paint them first before gluing them in.


Still needs a fair bit of mold line removal, as well as primer and paint of course.

Kasrkin 666
22-12-2007, 17:20
Ah the wonders of inheritance.:D


23-12-2007, 15:24
wish i had an inheritance i was allowed to spend.....

23-12-2007, 15:35
I spent mine on a house. Damn real life getting in the way... :(


23-12-2007, 15:37
my parents say imperial fist rhino doors will not get me through university.....

Kasrkin 666
23-12-2007, 17:19
@cyprus01: Lol!:p Seriously?


23-12-2007, 17:35
yep whats so funny about iit

23-12-2007, 20:15
my parents say imperial fist rhino doors will not get me through university.....

Yes they will. I'd like to see any college campus that could keep a Rhino from plowing through it.

Anyway, the timeframe for the trukk sounds nice. I've been thinking about buying one when they come out, just to have.

Kasrkin 666
24-12-2007, 00:58
I just find it funny, thats all.


24-12-2007, 01:40
Oh snap, and I thought my desk was messy :P

25-12-2007, 01:04
Ok, I am looking for a suggestion or two on some figures I'm working on. I am working on the first squad of terminators for my Angels of Retribution (yay! I finally decided on a name) They are a Dark Angel's successor chapter (unless I decide for them to be a Blood Angels, Space Wolves, or Codex successors as needed)

Where I am mostly stuck is on the hammers. I am a bit stuck on how to proceed with how to paint them. The other thing I am stuck on is on the smaller thinner power cables, I tried them in green, but I don't like the way they look, so I am open for suggestions (not gray based either, I need something brighter)


I am still doing fine details, and highlights (and finding little bits I missed the first time thru painting). So they are not quite done yet.

25-12-2007, 02:22
Well, I tried blue, and I think it looks pretty good, I also tried a few extra things on one of them to test out some schemes, I kept the big parts of the hammer black, did the striking part shining gold, didn't like the way that looked so painted chainmail over it. did not get complete coverage, so it is now silver with a slight gold tinge to it that looks pretty good. some parts of the subassemblies are boltgun, other parts chainmail, did the hand grips alternatively mechrite red and astronomican grey. The yellow on the lightning bolt needs a bit more work as well.


wow, these last 2 pics just put me over 150 pics (if I don't count the pics from the spiders)

25-12-2007, 10:25
the termies are looking good. i would have suggested orange for the cables

26-12-2007, 00:33
I love the white on the heads! i like the blue on the cables myself

26-12-2007, 00:48
I think those Terminators are some of the nicest stuff in your ToP army so far. The hammers turned out nearly exactly as I would have suggested them, too!

27-12-2007, 22:39
Ok, barring any things I notice that I didn't before, the baneblade is done!

I just snapped some photos after I finished weathering it (again) the spray sealer made all the mud disappear when I sprayed it.

I need to wait for morning before I can get some daytime pics. these should do for now tho.


Hey, there's my kel's magic sauce, I've been lookin for the black one woot!

28-12-2007, 12:29
Well, last night I decided to paint some cadian guardsmen with different paint schemes to try and come up with a scheme (or two) to do my Cadians in. (I am going to pretty much end up doing a different scheme per army (with cadians because of the sheer number of them having 2 or maybe 3 different schemes)

I also did a bit more work on my termies as well:

(and nobody commented on my baneblade *sniff*)


I'm a bit more partial to this one:



I'm probably going to kick myself for doing the checkerboard pattern on the thunder hammers handles, but it does look good.

28-12-2007, 12:49
is it me or does this log just get better and better

21-01-2008, 18:53
anything interested happening, Norsehawk?

12-02-2008, 13:27
Trying something new, color shifting paint on a Tyranid carapace to see how it works. So far I rather like the effect. I am using Auto Air Colors, flair tint violet paint for the carapace, I will try airbrushing it later, this is brushed on at this point. Price per ounce, it is on par with GW paints as well, but it comes in a 4 ounce bottle for around 25 bucks.


10-03-2008, 16:16
OMG! Those tanks are awesome I love the uniqe coulor scheme. And that 'fex its just pure awesomeness! That just looks so... uum ... eeh... BUG(ish)!:D

BTW painting over 100termies??? Thats just sick.:wtf:

30-03-2008, 13:22
Not exactly sci-fi, but I got some of the new VC dire wolves and just had to paint them as they figures are really good looking.


Going to shoot some photos of some IG stuff I'm working on right now as well, I've got some steel legion that I'm painting right now, as well as a couple more IG cadian color schemes.

Going to be doing a few more posts in quick succession, I've been working rather hardly but unfocused on a few different things. I have some cadians, catachans, steel legion, a space marine tank, and something green. Not sure if everything will get posted but will give it the college try.

30-03-2008, 13:39

just starting to work on these.


Cadian idea, I kind of like it, but didn't want to do a whole army of em.


Simple, *boring* cadian theme, that can be mass produced and looks decent. still just basework on the armor tho the clothes part is mostly done.


Doubt I am going to make an army of Orks, but I was messing around with the idea.

30-03-2008, 14:25
ive got a box of dire wolves coming and i will have to try to make them look as good as yours, although i will probably stick to the red blood and muscles, rather than the blue

30-03-2008, 14:29
I was toying around with the idea of making a vampire counts army, and the idea was to have a blue theme across the whole army, after seeing a bluish muscle example in the book, I decided to give it a try and, while it is not really realistic, I like how they came out. I have to finish painting the rest now.

31-03-2008, 02:24
Ok, this morning I primed up some Necron Destroyers. I painted them up today. The first members of my budding necron army.


Took this shot while holding the figure, it looks pretty good, but might be a little blurry blown up.


Just as a note, I am also using the same color shifting paint as I did on the Tyranid Carapace on the large parts of the hull of the destroyers. I rather like the look, but I might do something with the bronze to brighten it up a bit as it looks a bit dingy.


Note, I didn't put the bars in as they haven't been sealed yet, but I painted the inside of the guns necrotite green in the hope that it will brighten up the bars once they are in place.

31-03-2008, 02:48
first off JESUS CHRIST ON A STICK that's a lot of stuff :eek:. that makes my collection look like i just started.... and i have been playing this game for like 7 years.

secondly, would you mind if i jacked your color scheme for your IG tanks? it looks really cool and i have a few of them that need some new paint.

keep it up and maybe you will have all of that painted before your kinds go to college. ;)


31-03-2008, 03:14
Steal the tank scheme with no regrets. It was on the GW site. Its the DKoK Plasma storm camo.

31-03-2008, 19:39
kool, thanks a lot


03-04-2008, 02:08
Ok, I finished the 5 destroyers. I might go back and give them some patina on the bronze bits but as of now I am happy with them.

The color shifting might be tricky to notice in pictures but its a pretty cool effect when you see it first hand. I made a short youtube video that I will link at the end of the post so you might be able to see the effect.

(with flash) The carapaces come up looking purple, they don't glitter like that in real life.
Without flash, here you can see the green tinge to the carapace and shoulders, especially on the back ones
Side view.

The youtube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34lFIIhFw60) The video was just uploaded and it shows for me, but it may or may not show for you, I don't say anything but there is a bit of background noise on the tv.

03-04-2008, 10:52
A bit more about the paint if anyone cares. It is Auto Air Colors series 4400 flair tint violet. it cost me $26 for a 4 ounce bottle. It comes in other colors as well.

03-04-2008, 13:28
That's a very unique idea. Well done Norse. Contrary to popular belief, I have seen a few different, and unique ways of painting and modelling a necron army, but I have to say, this is one of the best ideas I've ever seen. And it's well executed too.

06-04-2008, 23:11
This is what I am currently working on, there are several small projects all vying for my time.



All the guardsmen are going to be done with the darker green color. the only one I'm not touching is going to be the one in red. I tried the lighter blue and aqua schemes and while I liked them, I didn't like the look as much as the the tan and green.


Is going to be the same scheme as the guards


2 anti tank squads for my steel legion.

All models need fine details done and finishing of the color scheme.

Also I am doing a forgeworld rogue psyker as a side project

07-04-2008, 09:21
when you built your wolves, did you put the ribs in before or after sticking the body together. all ive found so far is that you need a lot of green stuff to fill the gaps in the head and the body. i sort of like the light blue guard, it contrasts well with the green on the other guys

07-04-2008, 10:46
I was dumb and had to put the ribs in afterwards, so it was a lot of tweezer work to get them in there. The light blue guard was a close second, but it was a pain in the butt to get good coverage with the blue

07-04-2008, 10:49
perhaps have the officers or sergeants in the blue, to represent their rank?
can you get some close ups of the blue and the recipe please? i have a feeling that some of my terminators will get a make over

07-04-2008, 23:46
No problem on the closeup of the light blue guard, the one in the picture isn't as pretty looking as this one

Cloth is Dheneb Stone and then dabs of bleached bone on the highlights.

Boots and leather is Calthan brown

Skin is Tallaran Flesh.

Then whole figure gets a wash of Kel's Magic Sauce Brown (now didi's)

Armor is Space Wolves grey

Eagles are skull white

Then a wash of black Kel's sauce

Highlight flesh, go over the space wolves grey again.

I didn't get around to doing any fine details on the armor.

08-04-2008, 18:36
thanks a lot. i have to say that it does look brilliant

24-05-2008, 01:58
Well, it has been a while since my last update (sorry) been moving, still haven't found most of my paints and my tools. Ended up having to buy a new x-acto knife, digging a pair of old sprue clippers out of my art tackle box from college, and assembled the new daemonettes.


Once assembled, I decided to try my hand at a new method of painting that I read about and picked up a bottle of glaze medium that I grabbed at the art store a few weeks ago. The first thing I have to say is that the stuff is very shiny, I'm getting used to the amounts of color and glaze to use, but it is getting better.

This will be the leader of my Daemonette pack, this is the first run through with a few glazes, the hair is a drop of black ink to about 10 drops of glaze, the skin was the same color as the clothing that is on her chest, but I am still working with that. The claws are a drop of liche purple to about 10 drops of glaze with a little bit of water added.


After I snapped that photo, I did a bit more work on the skin, gave it a blue wash with kel's magic sauce (now didi's magic ink) it came out nice, but now I need to make it paler again as now the skin is just a bit too blue for my liking.


27-05-2008, 20:58
what I'm working on currently:

Trying to decide and get just the right skin tone for the daemonettes. I love how the claws came out, and I am going to redo the leather bits on all of them to be more flat black.


I also am trying some different ways of painting a tank, using ultra flat camo colors from Krylon, they have 'fusion' ability which binds the paint directly to the plastic, so do not need primer, I painted the whole tank in the camo green color, then masked off some areas and resprayed with the khaki color. Next tank I do in this scheme, I probably will leave the khaki color off because the green is a really nice color. Once everything was nice and dry, I started to add all the details, and outlined the borders of the camo with chaos black.


Last thread update, I had over 100 views of the update without a single response. If nobody really cares, just let me know and I will just let this thread die.

01-06-2008, 08:39
nice tank and daemonettes. what colour is the slaanesh sign going to be on the banner? im going to guess blue

Death Korp
01-06-2008, 15:00
Nice Daemonettes, and Tank. Do you have a link to them 'Krylon' colours, they sound purdy good :)

Whats next?


02-06-2008, 03:43
Nice Daemonettes, and Tank. Do you have a link to them 'Krylon' colours, they sound purdy good :)

Whats next?


The Krylon paints that I am using currently are from this line: http://www.krylon.com/products/camouflage_paint_with_fusion_technology/ Olive and Khaki.

As far as the Daemonettes, I was kind of leaning black on the Slaanesh symbol, but I couldn't get a skin tone that I liked and it was starting to get thick, so they are currently having a swim in simple green.

Mordant 33
02-06-2008, 04:18
I really like that tank camo scheme. Great job.

02-06-2008, 05:50
really liken those daemonettes:):):)

02-06-2008, 21:30
Really really impressed with everything. I'm pretty new to this hobby, am kind of more of a theory person so more drawn to the mechanics of the game than the miniatures generally, and I get tremors in my hands making it hard to paint with any skill and therefore harder to get into the whole painting aspect of the hobby even more, but your stuff rocks! Will definitely be paying attention to this thread as long as new posts are coming out. Just two questions.

1. Do you have any thoughts on the new washes coming out from GW?

2. I noticed that when basing miniatures you're pretty in to the ruinous rocky look (as opposed to the grass or grass/rocks look). What draws you to it? I'm in the process of building a small eldar army and have no idea what I want the bases to look like (broken rock, sand, snow, grass, some mixture..... ?)

Really happy to have come across this thread.

Best, Dras.

03-06-2008, 10:17
Well Dras, I will try and answer your questions.

1. About the washes, I have been reading about them online and I think that they have a great amount of potential. Where I live (Florida) GW doesn't like us enough to even open a store in this state, so I haven't gotten a chance to check them out first hand. From what I have been reading however, if you thin normal paint a bit, and add something that breaks the surface tension, you can get pretty close to what the washes do. For example, the claws of the Daemonettes were done with liquitex glazing medium and liche purple.

2. As far as the basing of the models, I kind of went with what my idea is for the army. For my Steel Legion, they are using plasma storm camo, and I figure if a place is having plasma storms, they probably won't have much in the way of plant life going. My Tau are somewhat 'winter' themed due to the cold color choices, so again, lush green grass didn't fit with the idea I had for them. On the other hand, the Catachans I have are getting the more lush jungle type base.

Good luck when you start painting yourself and I hope to watch your painting improve so make sure you start a project log. My hands used to shake a lot when I was painting as well, but it does take a lot of practice. Also, using a method such as drybrushing makes getting things to tabletop quality easy since all you really are doing is shaking the brush back and forth

Ok, and update time. Yesterday I started to paint some Tau Drones. I was going for a speed painting idea on them, and I am glad to say that I applied a coat of sealer to lock in the shading, and once I find my last box of paints from moving, I will be able to finish highlighting the gray. what I have here are the process pictures.

This picture is them with the base color laid down.
The gouache has been applied around the cracks in the armor so that it will settle in.
And here I take the first swipe with a damp cotton swab erasing the gouache from the surface of the mini, leaving the remaining in the cracks of the armor.

03-06-2008, 11:17
Thanx for the answers Norsehawk. I've got some eldar pathfinders that I've only just begun. Right now my plan is to take some pictures and do a project log that charts my evolution as a beginner (try to help people see that they can improve even if they don't start out that skilled). I'll let you know once I've started posting.

And one more question if you don't mind. I use to do some art (mostly drawing because of the shaky hand thing and the fact that I really like the look of gestural contoured lines) and one of the things I came across while researching art materials was Golden Absorbent Ground (if you don't already know this, "Golden" is just a really trusted paint company that makes maxed out pigmented acrylic colors, kind of like Liquitex but with more emphasis on maxing the pigment load). Basically you apply the ground over gesso and whatever you paint behaves like paper when washes are applied so everything bleeds a whole lot like watercolors. Here's the examples from Golden's website:


Is it just me, or could this be really really cool on a miniature, particularly if you wanted a sort of bleeding flame look?

Once I get a little better at painting I'm going to give it a try (my only real worry is that even a thinned down gesso might obscure too much of a miniature's detail).

Really, just wanted to throw the idea out there because I would be thrilled if you or anyone reading this log gave it a try and posted their results (I think it will be a good month or so before I give it a go).

Best, Dras.

03-06-2008, 11:32
Well, regular gesso doesn't seem to cause much of a problem since it does dry pretty thin on a model, I am unsure about the ground stuff however, you would have to use the Digital Ground for Non Porous Surfaces one but then I don't know how much thickness it will add to the surface.

The only things I have used from liquitex (except for a bottle of gesso I have from them) are the non pigmented things such as glazing medium, I also have a bottle of matte medium that I need to try out as well to see if it works similar to the glazing medium but without the extreme shine of the glaze.

I've taken an art class in college that required some drawing and a bit of painting, but as far as the traditional stuff I consider myself pretty much a beginner.

08-06-2008, 00:35
Alright, this is going to end up a few posts in a row for me, because I have been a bit of a busy bee lately with painting, The last few days I have been just cranking out things pretty quickly.

Since it is now 9pm at night and well, its dark out, I had to take pictures with what light I have, I'm still getting moved into the new place so even lights to paint by are still up in the air.

I finished up the drones that I started in a previous post, Well, the grey could use a highlight but that will take a few moments once I find my fortress grey or astronomicon grey, either one will do.


I also started from assembly, priming and painting in one day, a 5 man stealth team.

They still need a bit of highlighting and basing but as of now, they would look at least decent on the tabletop.

08-06-2008, 00:41
Ok, so I took a few days longer to strip the daemonettes to my liking, I couldn't get the glaze to work right on my first few tries on the skin and it was starting to get a bit thick so they got a bath in simple green to clear things up a bit.

Also, my new GW washes arrived so of course, I had to try them out. Also, instead of the glaze medium, I experimented with matte medium and got the same type of affect as the glaze medium, without it being as thick or shiny, so definitely a winning combo there.


they still need a few fine details and basing, before I call them finished. Oh and then there is this guy who is also getting worked over rather nicely with the new washes.


He is a bit father along than he is in this picture and since the washes have dried, he isn't shiny either.

15-06-2008, 12:12
Ok, 4th post in a row time here. If nobody cares, I just won't bother updating my log any more. I watch the thread views go up but no responses just gets annoying.

Today's offering is a small pack of bloodletters.


If you like em, post, if you don't like em, tell me what's wrong, if you didn't look at the post then you aren't reading this