Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Privateer Press is Upping Their Game...

When trying to get friends (specifically 40k friends) into playing Warmachine/Hordes the single biggest gripe is how bad the models look. I will be honest that is why it took me so long to get into WM myself. Now that I am into the game my biggest gripe so far has been how impossibly terrible the materials they use for the models actually are. The metal is fine, its metal although sometimes how they fit or where they decide to break a model up leaves much to be desired. The plastic though...ugh. It's so terrible. Mold lines everywhere, normally across major detail, like around the mouth of the Storm Troll for example. That is all changing, and fast.

With Privateer Press's most recent release they have started using a new Resin for single characters and GW style hard plastic model kits for their large models. Both are massive jumps in quality versus what they used to employ. I recently picked up the new Dozer and Smig character Dire Troll. Check out how incredibly crisp this model is right out of the box. Virtually no clean up (small bits here and there).

With all my other Dire Trolls (especially the EBDT and Mulg) I had a couple hours worth of clean up and putty work just to get them to fit together and cover up the huge gaps were pieces didnt fit. Not this guy. Dry fitting him has almost no gaps. I will need almost no green stuff to actually complete him. I am going go paint him in stages starting this weekend (more pics). I am super excited that this is the direction Privateer Press is going as it looks like all new kits are this quality.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Legion of Everblight: Beast Test

Here is a quick follow up to the post I did last Thursday. I put in some time to try out a beast for this painting style. It's one of their light beasts called a Naga. I kept in line with the black and white scheme while pushing the blood effects out of its mouth. In an effort to give it a bit of colour I also added some red/purple ink around the spines at the top of end of its neck and around its face. I also took a stab a final look for the base, which I am actually very pleased with especially from a colour stand point.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thinking of Starting Something New...

I realized recently that I am actually coming up on the tail end of my Trolls. I only have about 25 models left to paint (one big unit of 15, a couple small 3 man units and a few casters) so I have started thinking about what project I want to do once this one is done. I have a few in mind and have even posted a couple articles on those projects like these Retribution of Scyrah models ( http://legiominimus.blogspot.ca/2014/07/retribution-of-scyrahtake-2.html ). After playing a few games with them I don't know if the army is for me. This is also true for the aesthetic of that army as I find it kind of boring.

Recently I came into a few Legion of Everblight models. When looking at the army its a blend of Dark Eldar and Tyranids so one would think it would be a natural fit lol. I like most of the models and I also really like the rules for the army which is a much more established force than the Retribution is. I thought a long time about how I wanted to paint them. I knew I didnt want to do something too similar to my Tyranids (so purple and brown was right out). I also try to do a new technique with every army I do. So, with that in mind I thought it would be really cool to do what I call a "Sin City" army. One that is almost entirely black and white, with bright red blood effects and a tiny amount of spot colour all staying in the same overall dark tone. Below is my first test model. I haven't totally decided on the bases at this point but the overall look of the model is exactly what I was going for. I am also working on a light beast which I will post later this week.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Storm Troll Complete!

It's crazy how much nicer the newer Troll models are compared to the older ones. Case in point is the Storm Troll (new) vs. The Slag Troll (super old). The only thing that sucks about this guy is the plastic material that PP uses. It's hands down the worst I have ever used for any type of model material. The mold lines are out of control and for some reason ALWAYS in the worst places (he has one going around his open mouth for example). Ah well. This guy was pretty easy to paint, but then again, I love painting the beasts, it's the units that I dread lol.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tyranid Reshoots...

I have been looking through the blog at a bunch of the older stuff I posted and I cant help but see how dated most of my original pictures are. Most of the pictures were taken with my old iPhone 3GS...so yeah, not great. Here are a few of them with my revised lighting set up. While a massive improvement (I feel anyways) I still have a bit of work to do. Over the next little while I am going to start updating my Nids and my Dark Eldar.

Long Riders Complete!

Both the Scatter Gunners and these Long Riders were painted for a tournament I did a few weeks ago. While I didnt do great for my overall record (Bearka failed TWO assassination attempts!) I did manage to snag best painted. I really enjoyed painting these guys and sadly they took less time to paint than the Scatter Gunners. I am slowly but surely knocking down units and beasts for this army bringing my fully painted total to 196pts, which I think is pretty good. I only have one large unit left (Warriors...14 models...ugh). After that its just 3 man mini units and casters. I want to get this army to 100% before I move onto anything new.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Scatter Gunners Complete!

Been a long time since I last posted but rest assured I have been busy at work. I finally got my lighting set up sorted out and took a few pics of the most recent things I have finished. First up are one of my least fave units in the entire Troll Blood army...Scatter Gunners! While I love the idea of them in game I gotta say they are just terrible rules wise. Played a bunch of games and they did sweet fuck all lol. Ah well, what can you do?