Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dreadtober 2017 - Osiron Dreadnought Complete!

Made the push over the last couple days to finish off the Osiron dreadnought, as having the deadline for Dreadtober bearing down on me got me motivated!


The dread was well past the halfway mark as of the last update, so it was mostly the addition of little details and cleanup here and there. Laying in the colors on the base really helped bring the model into focus!


The addition of the blue and green works well from a color theory standpoint, but boy am I weary of painting Thousand Sons - They're still my favorite legion, but let's just say I'm not ready to do a fifth iteration of the army quiiiiiite yet. Back to the Sons of Horus, and soon a foray back to the namesake of the blog as well!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Heresy Era Sons of Horus - More characters and terminators painted!

While technically I should be working on finishing the Osiron for Dreadtober, I couldn't help but acquiesce to the siren call of Chaos and work on a few more Sons of Horus as well. Ostensibly switching back and forth between projects has really meant "let the dread sit there while you polish off more SoH." Heh.


First up is a model not intended for use in the force, Garviel Loken. I'd considered rendering him down for bits, but in the end thought it would be cooler to build out the full vignette between him and Abaddon. It's an interesting sculpt with a vast sense of motion to it!


Next up is the Forge Lord, or "Doctor Hexapus" as he was dubbed by a friend of mine. Need to dig up my Mechanicum waterslide transfers for his shoulderpads and shields, but overall rather pleased with how he turned out!


Continuing on with the Terminators, the Primus Medicae is definitely a polarizing sculpt. I'll admit I was pretty cold on it when I first saw it (not that it stopped me from picking up two or three of 'em), but after painting him up I've actually turned around on it and kinda like it!


The force needed a Librarian of course, and I was jazzed to finally get a chance to use the event-only model that had been lurking in the Heresy box for years! Another polarizing sculpt that I've grown to love once he was painted up.


Can you have too many terminators? To take advantage of the Sons of Horus's 'Merciless Fighters' rule, a unit of lightning-claw armed Cataphractii were just the thing. I'll likely do five more, but I'll need to order up more shoulder pads first as I'd used most of the second five I'd originally ordered on the other characters instead. Doh!


As a reward for all the painting I did get a little build time in and put together a Reaver assault squad. I knew I wanted to give 'em jump packs (as it makes them Bulky which will help them outnumber their opponents for the Merciless Fighters rule), and the MaxMini packs do the trick nicely!


Of course that means it was time to update the painting chart and I'm pretty happy with the progress so far! About 1500 points painted up, a few more on deck and a couple more models that have yet to be ordered but the project is humming right along!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dreadtober 2017 - Osiron Dreadnought painting continues to continue...

A couple weeks in to October and I haven't gotten as much done on the Osiron as I probably should - Deadline is bearing down on us! That said, there was a little forward progress and I got the force blade greened up and ready for detailing. Don't forget to check out http://dreadtober.blogspot.com/ for more dread-y goodness!


Laid in a couple more colors as well, but nothing worth documenting. I will say that painting this guy has been challenging, I really have army fatigue with the Thousand Sons, and the Sons of Horus have been way more exciting to paint. A whole mess of pics of the boys in green coming soon!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Heresy Era Sons of Horus - Veterans and characters painted!

Squeaked in just under the wire over the weekend, and managed to beat the weather rolling in this morning. In typical Colorado fashion, it was 75F degrees yesterday, and today it's 32F and snowing. Knowing it was bearing down on us I was head down all morning and finished up the various models to the point where I could seal 'em!


The first of the 'main characters' for the force, Maloghurst the Twisted bears a legion banner - while it's a cool sculpt all gathered into his fist, it does make it pretty challenging to add details to. Managed to trim up a Sons of Horus transfer and manage to get it to lay into all the various folds of the cloth.


The Master of Signals is a nice utility character. Able to call down an orbital strike, as well as granting various buffs to squads that he joins, he's useful in a number of situations. He's sort of ideally paired with a heavy support squad, so I suppose I ought to make one!


Next up are the two Veteran squads, and I'm pretty pleased with both of 'em! In looking at the pictures I needs to swap a couple troopers between the two to spread out the 'chest eye' models and balance out the unit members.


Overall I'm really happy with how they turned out, and as you may be able to see I experimented with some water effects on the bases to represent them slogging through a muddy battleground. The bases from Secret Weapon lend themselves well to it, with most of them having some undercut sections that can be filled up to the lip of the base with water. Good stuff!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Dreadtober 2017 - Osiron Dreadnought painting continues...

Another quick hit today, while the Sons of Horus continue apace I switched gears briefly and added the gold and expanded on the white trim undercoat on the Osiron when those colors came up in the hopper.


There are dozens of other awesome dreadnoughts getting worked on this month - definitely worth checking them out! Here's the link to the challenge tracker blog: https://dreadtober.blogspot.co.uk/p/dreadtober-2017.html

Behind the scenes the Sons of Horus are nearing completion, pics to follow soon!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Heresy Era Sons of Horus - Forge Lord built!

Just a quick hit today - Though there's been some progress, there hasn't been much worth photographing on the painting side over the last couple days. However, as a bit of a reward for cranking away on the models I did do a little build time and put together another Cataphractii-armoured character for the force - A Forge Lord!


Every time I go to a convention I've tried to pick up a couple of the event-only models but haven't really used any of them for the Thousand Sons as they don't match the aesthetic. Now that I'm working on the Sons of Horus, they're all finally seeing the light of day! This one comes standard with a thunder hammer and a combi-volkite which is a frankly useless combi-weapon, so it was swapped out for a basic combi-bolter. The addition of a cyber-familiar and a couple mechadendrites and he makes a more than passable Forge Lord for the force! Rather like how he turned out, and am quite looking forward to getting some paint on him!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Heresy Era Sons of Horus - Vets and Characters painting begins, and a few more builds...

Bouncing back and forth between projects this month is helping keep things fresh and the painting servitor has been operating at peak efficiency! Got a fair bit of brush time in over the last couple evenings and made some headway on the veterans, Maloghurst and the master of signal.


Started off by giving the models an undercoat of 50/50 Black and USMC Tank Crew, to give the models a nice base for the green to highlight up from.


Next up was a generous drybrush of straight USMC Tank Crew, concentrating a bit heavier on the upper surfaces. Maybe it's the year or so of painting nothing but reds but I gotta say, I really like this green!


Time for the edge highlights! After the stylistic experiment of the recent Thousand Sons, I wanted to get back to my preferred style, and all the armor plates were picked out in USMC Tank Crew Highlight, again concentrating primarily on those edges and surfaces that were exposed to an overhead light source. Also roughed in the reds on the topknots and banner.


The reds were given a wash and highlight pass, and then I went back and re-blacked all the weapons and shoulder pads which cleans up the models dramatically. The black was then given the initial highlight pass with a 50/50 mix of black and Sombre Grey. Starting to come together now!


The second box o' joy arrived yesterday containing, among other things, some legion upgrade kits (shoulder pads, helmets, etc.) and I set to SoH-ing some event only models I've had kicking around for ages. First up is a Primaris Medicae, in a Cataphractii variant suit of armor. He'll be joining the squad of lightning claw terminators planned for the force.


Next is a traitor terminator librarian. I didn't end up using him in the Thousand Sons army for obvious reasons, but he's gonna fit in fine with the Sons of Horus!


Last but certainly not least is of course Ezekyle Abaddon, the not-quite-the-despoiler yet. He'll be leading the big ol' squad of Justaerin Terminators, and will be transported to the fray either via teleportation or in the belly of a Spartan Assault Carrier. There's a model that I'm not particularly looking forward to assembling!


While I'm definitely going traitor with the force, I have always wanted to build and paint the Abaddon vs. Loken duel vignette, so there will be one loyalist when all is said and done!