Friday, 30 November 2012

Stormeagle or Spartan?

It's been a bit quiet on the blog recently, mostly due to a shed load of work stuff all happening at once. However, I am finding the odd few minutes here and there to keep going with my Ultramarines.

This morning I  took delivery of the new FW Assault Marines, though I'm out of glue (damn Thunderhawk...) so I can't do much with them this evening! I've almost finished painting the last of my honour guard marines - designated as Captain Sydance - there are just a few more bits of detailing to go before he can join the others. I'll try and get a shot of the army as is at some point soon.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Assault Marines

I mentioned in an earlier post that I loved the new Assault Marine models from Forge World well, this morning I bought a set. I love the dynamic poses and the sense of momentum in these models. Don't get me wrong, the earlier set is still fantastic but the variants seem to me to be more active, like they're actually hacking people to bits rather than simply bracing them selves for it.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Sergeant Thiel

Aeonid Thiel is arguably the second most important character in Know No Fear. He starts of preparing himself for a dressing down from Guilliman himself before manning up and leading the orbital comeback against the traitorous Word Bearers. He even comes to the rescue of the big RG himself!

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Kit-Bashed Thunderhawk is Finished

My custom built Thunderhawk Spear of Calth has just been completed and is about to undertake fleet trials (painted) before being given the go ahead to enter active service (blowing stuff up!). 

Friday, 23 November 2012

+++Progress Update+++

Many will be ordered!
Forge World is starting to come up trumps with the release of some flashy new upgrade kits for their Horus Heresy range. Whilst my lists don't have room for a heavy weapons squad, they are still pretty awesome. I really like the new Legion Champion though I won't be getting one - I'm perfectly satisfied with my own effort and while it looks very Betrayaley (new word?) it's not very Ultramarines... The thing I'm most excited about is the release of a second set of MkII Assault troops (shown above), these have a much more dynamic pose and will help me to avoid the problem of pose replication that can occur when you're dealing with small unit kits.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

A long expected game

Im not in the business of discussing rumours and breaking news but I saw this at the bottom of the GW website, looks like that Hobbit game is official!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Friday, 16 November 2012

Kit-bashed Thunderhawk Construction Underway

With almost all of the parts delivered (I'm waiting on you Forge World...) I have made a start on the Thunderhawk Gunship. The Space Marine at the bottom gives you a real sense of scale, this thing is going to be massive. It's currently sat in the Dark Vengeance box and is almost the same length. At the moment I have built the core structure but it has been a real headache!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Public Awareness Broadcasts

+++Attention citizens of Calth, due to a recent disturbance by hostile forces, the Planetary Governors have seen fit to distribute the following posters to advise all citizens on how to respond to this unfortunate event. It is an offence to ignore these officially sanctioned procedures+++

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


I seem to have hit a bit of a wall with regards to painting and I'm just not able to get in the right mood to do it, at least to paint things in blue...The Apothecary however isn't blue so I was able to get him done reasonable quickly. 

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Thunderhawk Update

After a jolly little early Christmas bonus from work I have gone ahead and ordered the Stormravens and Forge World bits I need to complete my custom Thunderhawk gunship. The parts should be delivered soon and construction could begin as early as this weekend - though I have a busy schedule on Saturday and I still want to finish painting my tactical marines. It is more likely that I will make a start and press on with it over the following weekend.

I'm excited.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Telemechrus Arrives

I have spoken about the character of Telemechrus at length in a previous post so this is more about the finished product rather than the inspiration for it. The paint scheme was the same as the Predator, the extra layers of Guilliman Glaze being used to clear away the brush strokes. 


It's been a busy weekend and as a result I've not done as much painting as I usually do, hence the lack of posts in the last couple of days. However, that hasn't stopped over a hundred people from visiting the site - to them I say a hearty "Thank you."

Despite the rush, I have been able to get Telemechrus finished. His base is almost done, complete with dying Word Bearer (as promised), once it is all finished I will put up some pictures.

I have also completed the first of my reconnaissance marines and I'm really happy with the way it has turned out. I have now got grand designs to customise the armour and helmets of each member of the recon squad using the characters from Halo Reach as my inspiration. The key difference will be the weapons, I'm going to try and give them all sniper rifles if possible.

Friday, 9 November 2012

The Next Wave

In my last post I voiced some ideas on how I should go about developing this army, should it be for looks or for playability? At the moment, I have to say I still don’t really know. Fortunately the two ideas are not mutually exclusive as there aren’t really any ugly/boring models in Forge World’s catalogue!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Aesthetics vs. Viability

The super glue is barely dry on less than half of my recent Forge World order but I am already looking to the future. Having poured through the army lists in Betrayal I've worked out that I've got 1,800 points already, admittedly this includes three HQ choices so in real terms I have a viable army of about 1,500 points - give or take a few melta bombs. Since I don't know of anyone at my hobby story doing a 30k army I'm at a bit of a cross roads. Since I have a legit army that could be used, do I continue in the direction of competitive army lists or do I stick with the aesthetic and buy stuff just because it looks cool?

Wednesday, 7 November 2012


Telemechrus is a really interesting character in Know No Fear, as a newly interred dreadnaught he struggles with his 'life'. His disembodied self is trying to deal with the isolation of being cooped up in a sarcophagus and suppress a rising fear of his new existence. Abnett does a really good job of putting you inside the sarcophagus with him and you get a real insight into the sort of trials and tribulations faced by someone who is caught between life and death. 

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Master Chief

I love the fact that in 30k you can have scouts with power armour, a sniper rifle, melta-bombs AND a USR: Stealth upgrade!

Today being the launch of Halo 4 I've sculpted a helmet based on Master Chief's Mjolnir armour.

I shall confess that sculpting is not my forte but I'm actually quite proud of my effort here. When it's dry I can file the sides down a bit and define the edges more.

At the moment he will cut a solitary figure as I'm going to build the rest of the MkIVs as tactical marines and also because somehow I've run out of spare helmets!

Now, for a Cortana...

Monday, 5 November 2012

Forge World Care Package

Praetor Marius Gage
My Forge World care package has arrived and in all honesty I'm a little overwhelmed! That didn't stop me from getting stuck in to some building/conversion work though. I made a bee-line for the MkIV Command kit. I wasn't sure that I wanted to buy this but since placing the order this is the model I've kept coming back to in my head.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Kit-bashed Thunderhawk begins!

+++ Stage 1: Acquiring Components +++

Today is a special day because it is the beginning of a lengthy project-within-a-project; The kit-bashed Thunderhawk which I have chosen to call the Spear of Calth.

Someone start the Mark.

Captain and Champion

Since thursday I have produced a model at a rate of one a day, which is pretty poor going I feel, especially as I've been on holiday! However, the three models that I have finished have been character models so perhaps it's not too bad after all. With the completion of the Legion Champion and Captain Sydance I only have Captain Sullus to paint before I have a clear slate - at least as far as Ultramarines go, I've got quite a large back log of Space Wolves, Blood Angels, Dark Angels and Chaos cultists to get through - This is encouraging as my Forge World order was dispatched yesterday (Saturday) and should hopefully be here by Wednesday. However Halo 4 arrives on Tuesday...

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Dreaming of Fellblades

Forge World call this the 'Business end'.

The Fellblade is the first in a range of Astartes pattern super-heavy tanks to be released from Forge World. I saw the prototype of this at Gamesday 2012 and have been awaiting it's release with a great deal of anticipation (they'd sold out by the time I got round to deciding I wanted one). It's a stunning model (about the size of a baneblade according to the stats) and carries some serious firepower!

Friday, 2 November 2012

Predator Executioner

Behold the Predator Executioner as it rumbles out of the Calth manufactorum! I've done my best to tie it in to the other models in the army but I've found that surprisingly difficult. With the heavy use of gold trimming on the Cataphractii I needed to find a way of applying some of that to the Executioner.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Arise, Captain Ventanus

I stated not so long ago that the reason I hadn't tackled my Honour Guard yet was that it was quite an intimidating prospect. It was, and is - I still have the other three to do but for now I am incredibly satisfied with the way my new Captain Ventanus has turned out. 

In total I used 32 different paints and 7 different brushes. At a conservative guess I would say this has taken me the better part of seven hours to do - a lot of that was time spent on the banner.