Friday, September 30, 2011

SCWH Honor Roll #31 - Conversions

Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll now brought to you with love and care direct from Matt and Lantz, two dashing fellows from over at MWC and TLA! This week we have a bunch of top-notch conversions!


Spikey Bits - True Scale Ironclad Dreadnought
Master of the Forge - Vulkan He'stan
PsychosisPC - Space Wolf Scouts
From The Warp - Eversor Assassin
Sons of the Apocrypha - Terminators/Librarians
Eye of Error - Necron Destroyer Lord and DEldar Dragon Rider
White Metal Games - Ku'Gath and Tomb Stalker 
recalcitrantdaze -  Ork Mekboy Junka 1  
Victoria Miniatures - Penal Legion Conversion Kit Preview
CmON - Falkar the Tropic Ranger

Lantz: There seemed to be a lull in projects this week, which happens here and there. Fortunately for you all there are those out there still hammering away at projects and this week is a good one for conversions. MotF is back at it again with more GSing (I would have that man's babies for his conversion talent; science is doing some interesting things these days.) PsychosisPC shares a conversion with us, unhappy with how the SW Scouts look and hording chaos bits, took his Scouts to a new level of win. SotA has an interesting article, conversion and some blasts from the past with his Librarians. EoE is showing off his DEldar Rider everyone seems to be swooning over. You know what? I say meh. How can you give a second glance to that conversion when on the same page there's a counts-as Necron Destroyer Lord!? Now, it's entirely possible I'm a Necron fanboi, but it's also equally as possible that this is an amazing conversion. (Okay, so the DEldar rider is awesome, too. I'm just on the verge of getting "stabby" waiting on the new Necron codex.) Speaking of people within stabbing distance; what have you got for us, Matt?

Matt: What do I have for us this week Lantz? Hmm let me dig around in my bag of sweet conversions from around the net to find out! Rictus over at recalcitrantdaze has an amazing Big Mek Ork Tank Conversion! Rictus has always been a huge inspiration to me and if his latest work is an example, hes getting better each and everyday as his latest work is a true master piece in my opinion. Victoria Miniatures is releasing a whole new conversion set for Penal Legion Troopers which look stunning! I myself cant wait to pick a set or 2 up!
Last up this week is a model I came across on CmON that is just stunning! So that's my personal picks for this week!

Mike's addition for this week's Honor roll is:

Mike: The link I have prepared for you this week will take hours for all of you to digest: Sheep's massive thread on warseer with tons of amazing conversions of his Death Korps Krieg Army.


John: Oops I almost forgot my pick... I like Samson Minis' Chaos Lord




As always: if you care about your fellow bloggers and their work, please link the Honor Roll on your blog. Grab the jpg from this post and use this link underneath:
http://santacruzwarhammer.blogspot.com/search/label/honor%20roll

Much appreciation!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A big thanks!


I started this blog in november of 2007 on a whim, like most of you bloggers did likewise. Now, four years later I checked Analytics and realized we went over 1.000.000 pageviews a while back. Although it's hard to relate to that number, it does give me the sense there is a place for this little blog.
Santa Cruz Warhammer was set to inspire other readers to do interesting modeling and create creative angles to the hobby part of the warhammer/40K universe. I still feel this is the main mission and although I strayed from it on a regular basis, I always try to get back to the core mission: inspire.

I am glad people are still checking in and if you have any ideas or comments, advice, let me know


Mike

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Wilhelm Shake's Spears


Wilhelm Shake is a playwright and master of a renowned theater group.
His many years of stage swordplay have made him quite capable with a blade, both on and off the stage.
Wilhelm's theater troop are not only veterans of the stage but of the battlefield as well. In times of need the entire theater group, actors and stage hands alike, will take up arms to support the Emperor.


Shoulder to shoulder they stand, with spear, armor and shield.


Wilhelm front and center calling out "Bravo Lads!" directing his company as they ply their deadly craft.


 each battle adding a bit of comedy and tragedy to the next great performance of Wilhelm Shake's Spears....

I had a batch of older Empire spearmen kicking around and decided to throw together a block of troops for Glenn as a birthday surprise. I painted them up in his favorite colors and magnetized the bases and made a matching movement tray.

I delivered them at our monthly game night at Glenn's place Friday night, and he included them in his army for the nights battle.

Happy 41st Birthday Glenn, welcome to the club, I hope they bring you good luck.

John

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Barter Bucket: 9/24/11


Another world, another time. In the age of wonder.
A thousand years ago this land was green, until the Bucket cracked. A single piece was lost, a shard of the Bucket. Then strife began, and people began charging for bits and single models. Here in the castle of the Bucket, Santa Cruz Warhammer took control. Now the bits flow freely once more. Now the Bucket hangs above a shaft of air and fire. Once more gamers gather at the Bucket. Once more they replenish their bits bins. The Bucket...

Friday, September 23, 2011

SCWH Honor Roll #30 - WIP


Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll now brought to you with love and care direct from Matt and Lantz, two dashing fellows from over at MWC and TLA! This week we have a peek into what's to come with a slew of WIP projects!




Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Building My Marauder Horde

It's been a while since I posted, but I have been deep into my growing Chaos Marauder horde.







Monday, September 19, 2011

Ogres and Skintones: a raging debate


With the release of the new Ogre Kingdom Codex, many people let out a gasp of horror: human skintones? Lots of players believe the Ogres should have stayed green, others love the new human look. I certainly prefer the non green look, simply because it gives you more opportunties to add variety, kind of like normal people all look a bit different. Therefore I painted up a couple of testmodels and wanted to share the paint scheme with you all.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Barter Bucket: 9/17/11

Another world, another time. In the age of wonder.

A thousand years ago this land was green, until the Bucket cracked. A single piece was lost, a shard of the Bucket. Then strife began, and people began charging for bits and single models. Here in the castle of the Bucket, Santa Cruz Warhammer took control. Now the bits flow freely once more. Now the Bucket hangs above a shaft of air and fire. Once more gamers gather at the Bucket. Once more they replenish their bits bins. The Bucket...
__________________________________________
mike dot tess at charter dot net (SCWH's own Mike) is looking for anything OGRES! For trade? Just ask, got a LOT email him at mike dot tess at charter dot net

srbuman at gmail dot com needs some Ork super-heavy help:
  1. Needs: Any Ork or Imperial Guard bits
  2. Has: A good chance he has the bits you need, just ask.
jackal at lglogan dot com is looking for:
  1. High Elf Torso with Armour not a robe, for a Battle Standard Conversion
  2. High Elf Lothern Sea Guard from Isle of Blood set
  3. The close combat and bolt pistol arms for Space Marine Assault Squad
he has to trade:
  1. Various minis for an Inquisitor and his warband as well as assassins for Grey Knights
  2. OOP NIB Black Templars Emperors Champion GW 25th Anniversary Model
  3. Various other bits for Orks, Orcs and Goblins, Space Marines

eriochrome at hotmail dot com,
hook him up if you can with the following:
  1. Epic Squats
  2. Epic Eldar Cobra Super Heavy Tank
  3. Blood Bowl: 2nd Edition Chaos/Mutant Players
Here are two posts on his blog for trade goods:
  1. Sons of Twilight: Garage Sale 4
  2. Sons of Twilight: Barter Bucket
natsirtdm at gmail dot com is a rock solid player yo, he's looking for:
  1. AoBR Dreadnought
  2. Eldar Harlequins (metal, any)
for trade he has:
  1. IG sentinel on sprue (minus missile launcher/heavy flamer)
  2. BA death company bits
  3. Pewter Baal Pred assault cannon turret upgrade
av8hotrod at yahoo dot com (SCWH's own John) wants:

  1. OOP 2nd Gen. land speeder, the one with just the riders legs covered
  2. OOP Land Raider box, the first one, just the box
  3. Orks in Mega Armor, any
  4. Fantasy Chaos Marauders
  5. Long Drongs Slayer Pirates, need 6 more troops.
miksminis at gmail dot com (SCWH's own Mik) is looking for:
  1. Warhammer Historical Legends of the Old West core rulebook
  2. Imperial Guard Ratlings, old or new, x2
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The Bucket has one purpose, gamers helping other gamers. It's a place to trade the stuff you have laying around, the stuff you're not using and get the stuff you do need. No more buying whole sets for just one model, no more buying overpriced single bits. This concept is kept alive by the cooperative spirit of all of us.

Make sure your email gets to me by Thursday for it to post that week, emails go to miksminis at gmail dot com. Please keep them simple and concise with details, and limit your requests for needs and haves to three items each. This will turn a shotgun effect of a huge list crossing your fingers hoping for a bite to a more streamlined surgical bits hunt. It will also keep the Bucket itself compact and efficient.

Remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Friday, September 16, 2011

SCWH Honor Roll #29 - Terrain


Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll now brought to you with love and care direct from Matt and Lantz, two dashing fellows from over at MWC and TLA! This week we've got terrain pieces and tutorials out the wazoo!

A Guardsman's Guide To Glory - Apocalypse Scale Cathedral in Gameplay
A Guardsman's Guide To Glory - Necron Obelisk
At-Large Gamers - Gaming Table for Penny Arcade
The Magnificent Bastards - Chaos Waste Terrain
The Waaagh Cast - Display Board
Fist Full of Seamen - Gaming Tables
The Vanus Temple - Big Spinny Vortex of Doom!
Massive Voodoo - Creating Waves


Lantz: Throwing a monkey-wrench into things we have terrain this week. While I enjoyed GGtG's Cathedral WIP posts last month and enjoy the current shots during a game, the simplicity of the Necron Obelisk take the cake in my book. First, Necrons are my favorite GW army, and second this thing looks superb. I might actually have to start buying those shower gel bottles and bathing myself for once in order to get some terrain going. On another Necron related note, The Vanus Temple is back! And while what he has to show off isn't his typical Necron-ee work, his Vortex of Doom is amazing to say the least.

Matt:Of course you'd pick the Necron Terrain as top dog Lantz, we are all very well aware of your love of all things shiny and metallic. Seriously though, that thing really is awesome but for me, its the Cathedral that really takes the cake. I did have a few others but alas, they seem to have gone MIA. Darn those pesky grots!

Mike and John's additions for this week's Honor roll are:


Mike:  As usual it's hard for me to abide with the theme: this time I was very excited about Psychosis's Madhouse Chaos Marauders, they look awesome and I immediately sent John a link, since he is building Marauders..great stuff!



John: I like this historic British hill fort from John's Toy Soldiers


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Much appreciation!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

More Ogres: another Counts as Mournfang Cav


After finishing the first chariot as my counts-as Mournfang Cavalry unit, I built another one. This one I equipped with a ram on the front and some differerent weapons on the side. Everything else is basically the same. Here are some images:
this Ogre had some facial hair and I worked harder on the skin tones.

I gave him a modest tattoo on his back, a bit more muted then on my first test model

His hand weapon comes from the Vampire Counts Corpse Cart

Here is the 2nd cart with slaves

Balsawood looks amazing when it's built and painted. It's very easy and with a bit of work you can make it look very decent

Here is the finished model

and the finished unit

My gaming buddies and my wife gave me some criticism about it being unrealistic to have slaves push those carts with Ogres on it. I completely agree. But that was not the point. To me, the models are there to convey an idea or a feeling. Ogres being nomadic, would certainly take prisoners. They couldn't eat them all in one go, they would capture hundreds and thousands during a campaign. That part interests me. I am thinking how I can keep adding human slaves to all the larger models to convey this idea, this moment in time. In the end, that kind of narative gives me the energy to paint so many models with similar paintschemes.
As for counts-as critics, I can only say that this is all for fun and just laugh and move on (or don't play).

Here's the link to making the first chariot

 It was a great test run for painting some Ogres, the unit was inexpensive but fun to build and it will be fun to put them on the table to at Santa Cruz Warhammer Game Night, this coming September 23rd!

Mike

Monday, September 12, 2011

Space Marine: Video Game Review


There's a new 40K in town, and this time it's not real-time strategy, and (finally) it's on more machines than just PC, the XBox360 and PS3 get big nods. THQ's Space Marine released less than a week ago and if you straddle both worlds of tabletop gaming and videogaming, then you've already heard of it.

There's a couple of ways to review this game, and if you go from the videogamer only angle it's going to come up as a fun, but mediocre action shooter, a rental at best. I'm coming at it from the perspective of a long time 40K gamer first, and a button-mashing videogamer second. These are Space Marines, the way they should always be represented, an elite few against countless hordes upon hordes of the enemy, Bolters blazing and Chainswords whirring.

The physics alone are great to watch, when your marine runs, he secures his Bolter in his off-hand and takes off, heavy boots clomping and reverberating with each power-armored step. This is what stands out for me the most in the game as a player, the visuals. THQ has captured the grit and feel of the 40K universe better than anywhere else I have seen, and this universe screams for a shooter like this. It's immediately apparent that a lot of time, creativity, and research went into the spirit of this game.


Actual game pic

It is a shooter, know that going in. If you're looking for the next iteration of Gears of War, Halo, Call of Duty, and the like, this isn't it. All of those franchises are going to give you more bang for the buck in the shooter department, all day long. However none of them give you "offficial" Heavy Bolters, Ork Warbosses, Stalker Boltguns, Rokkit Boyz, and more. So much more. The gameplay is pretty linear and the control system is an easy-to-use and simple mechanic but it becomes second nature so quickly you don't think about it after your first half hour or so. This really shines in the frenetic multiplayer matches, where it comes down to elegant chaos.

There's two modes of the game, the first is the campaign mode where you're donning the armor of an Ultramarine. You're dirtside on a Forgeworld driving back an Ork invasion. There's all the tropes you could want from 40k; Servo-Skulls, Cadian Guardsmen, Inquisitors, and Orks...so many Orks. The campaign is straight forward and offers little new and exciting in the narrative, but your job is to exterminate Orks, and more, get stuck in and do your job. There's plenty of "aha" moments and 40K nuggets along the way to more than make up the somewhat lackluster story arc itself, and the world's visuals more than make up for any shortcomings.


Lots of armor and chapter options


Multiplayer is where you'll find me the most, and it's as equally straight-forward as the campaign, but still a lot of fun and promises bigger things to come. First off, there's thirty one different chapters to pick from, for me seeing Dark Angels in there was a real treat but really there's so many options chances are they've got you covered, There's a ton of customization options too from shoulder pads to helmets.

There's only two multiplayer modes as of now, and admittedly too few maps, but that's to change as well at an undetermined date. You've got team kill 'em up mode (not the official name), be the first team to reach 41 kills. I've played this mode the most, and I must say there's a surprising amount of parity here with most matches finishing with less than a five point differential even with widely different levels of players. There's also a capture-the-checkpoints mode, which is a lot more lengthy but also fun.

Where multiplayer gets addictive is in the details, not only are there over thirty chapters to pick from, but as you use each of your wide array of weapons, they get better the more you succeed with them. The Bolter is good, but rack up enough kills with it and now you can access Kraken rounds, score even more kills and you unlock the Bolter's Targeter. Every weapon has similar evolution tracks. As you unlock achievements and trophies in battle, you unlock new armor pieces too, and I am the biggest sucker for this 'paper doll' action. You can unlock Mk6 Beakie armor, you can get master-crafted pieces, Articifer armor, Veteran armor, even Relic armor. And all of these new pieces look like they're straight out of your bits box.

You play either as a Space Marine, or as a Chaos Space Marine (randomly). This is clever because the weapons, moves, and controls are all the same, just whether or not you have spikes. There's all the Chaos Warbands too; World Eaters, Alpha Legion, Emperor's Children, etc. Scoring hits with a Plasma Cannon, for example, will unlock new abilities no matter what you play as.

Space Marine isn't going to hold a candle for long basic on its merits as just a shooter alone, but it shouldn't be dismissed either. You don't have to spend months of practice to be proficient in multiplayer, you can be competitive right out of the box, which is nice and makes for a laid back, online experience as opposed to, say, Black Ops.

Where it does shine the most is in the subject matter itself, and I know the Dawn of War games have a large following for the same reasons. I'm not much of one for RTS games, so this makes Space Marine ideal for me and like-minded gamers. The ending of the campaign screams for a sequel, hopefully making Space Marine the first in a long line of 40K games of this nature to come.

Mik

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9 11 memory


I believe it was 9 o'clock in the morning or so and my wife and I had gotten up early that day, our oldest daughter had just turned 2, so she was small. We were living with her parents at the time and I remember my father in law getting a call from a friend. He turned on the television and we immediately saw footage of the second plane ramming into the tower. It was so bizarre, I couldn't create a context for it....it's like it didn't happen. I was an alien with greencard and had been in the States for two years, but only in Santa Cruz. I had no real concept of New York or whatever I was seeing.
My snap to reality came when my father in law starting yelling "F##K! F##K." Normally coolheaded, level but happy, I had, and never have since, seen him so upset, put off balance.
Since we only had our little baby and no other kids in the house, we could keep watching it and it filled me with dread. After a while it was just unbearable and I walked out.
Since that day I have never reviewed the footage. I talked to my eldest, now 12, about it yesterday and explained a bit about what went down that day, but to her it seems not very relevant. It's like WWII, you know it happened, you know it was bad, but you are not connected.
For myself, I am traumatized by what happened. Not in a life changing way, but directly connected to the event:  I cannot watch it without feeling unwell and so I don't. Photos don't have that effect on me, but the footage is just horrendous.
Ten years on, I remember all those who perished that day. No one deserved to die. I also want to remember all the other innocent people that have died in the years since. EVERYONE is worth remembering.

Play a game of 40K or Warhammer today. Despite what critics say about our WAR game, it actually promotes peace and camaraderie.

Mike

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Barter Bucket: 9/10/11


Another world, another time. In the age of wonder.

A thousand years ago this land was green, until the Bucket cracked. A single piece was lost, a shard of the Bucket. Then strife began, and people began charging for bits and single models. Here in the castle of the Bucket, Santa Cruz Warhammer took control. Now the bits flow freely once more. Now the Bucket hangs above a shaft of air and fire. Once more gamers gather at the Bucket. Once more they replenish their bits bins. The Bucket...
__________________________________________
mike dot tess at charter dot net (SCWH's own Mike) is looking for anything OGRES! For trade? Just ask, got a LOT email him at mike dot tess at charter dot net

srbuman at gmail dot com needs some Ork super-heavy help:
  1. Needs: Any Ork or Imperial Guard bits
  2. Has: A good chance he has the bits you need, just ask.
jackal at lglogan dot com is looking for:
  1. Space Marine Command Squad (Would like the unit but will settle for pole arm and banner
  2. Sister of Battle Hospitaller
  3. High Elf Lothern Sea Guard from Isle of Blood set
he has to trade:
  1. Various minis for an Inquisitor and his warband for Grey Knights
  2. Assassin models
  3. Fully converted, magnetized and painted Nurgle Defiler (Pic upon request)
  4. Inquisitor Rhino, painted with Forge World doors and front with 10 Inquisitorial Storm Troopers (Pics upon request)
eriochrome at hotmail dot com, hook him up if you can with the following:
  1. Epic Squats
  2. Epic Eldar Cobra Super Heavy Tank
  3. Blood Bowl: 2nd Edition Chaos/Mutant Players
Here are two posts on his blog for trade goods:
  1. Sons of Twilight: Garage Sale 4
  2. Sons of Twilight: Barter Bucket
natsirtdm at gmail dot com is a rock solid player yo, he's looking for:
  1. AoBR Dreadnought
  2. Eldar Harlequins (metal, any)
for trade he has:
  1. IG sentinel on sprue (minus missile launcher/heavy flamer)
  2. BA death company bits
  3. Pewter Baal Pred assault cannon turret upgrade
av8hotrod at yahoo dot com (SCWH's own John) wants:

  1. OOP 2nd Gen. land speeder, the one with just the riders legs covered
  2. OOP Land Raider box, the first one, just the box
  3. Orks in Mega Armor, any
  4. Fantasy Chaos Marauders
miksminis at gmail dot com (SCWH's own Mik) is looking for:
  1. Warhammer Historical Legends of the Old West core rulebook
  2. Imperial Guard Ratlings, old or new, x2
__________________________________________
The Bucket has one purpose, gamers helping other gamers. It's a place to trade the stuff you have laying around, the stuff you're not using and get the stuff you do need. No more buying whole sets for just one model, no more buying overpriced single bits. This concept is kept alive by the cooperative spirit of all of us.

Make sure your email gets to me by Thursday for it to post that week, emails go to miksminis at gmail dot com. Please keep them simple and concise with details, and limit your requests for needs and haves to three items each. This will turn a shotgun effect of a huge list crossing your fingers hoping for a bite to a more streamlined surgical bits hunt. It will also keep the Bucket itself compact and efficient.

Remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Friday, September 9, 2011

SCWH Honor Roll #28 - Painting/Conversions


Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll now brought to you with love and care direct from Matt and Lantz, two dashing fellows from over at MWC and TLA! This week we just had too many fantastic conversions and painting articles to choose from, so we're doing both! Enjoy!

Smell Like Wargaming - Magnet Conversion, Painting and apparently for-sale Dreadknight
Defending Humanity - Converted and Painted Ogre Clown Posse
Space Wolves Grey - Converted Oblits
Colonel Shofer's Mild OCD Model Blog - Converted Aspirer
Chaos Brushes - Converted and Painted Word Bearer Dark Apostle
The WarBlog - Painted Blood Angel Dreadnought
Master of the Forge - Converted Artscale Pre-Heresy Terminator
Kevin's Miniatures & Hobby Table - Painted Totem Hunter


Lantz: If I had a nickel for every person who told me a Dreadknight couldn't be fully magnetized...well, I'd have like 15 cents. I've always wanted to check one out to decide for myself (imo, anything can be magnetized,) the point being SLW found a way; the paintjob's inspiring as well. SWG's Oblits take my breath away. Someday I'll have a Chaos army of my own, and this is something I'll be attempting myself. Colonel Shofer, someone who gives to the community every day, has some amazing conversion and base work going on with his Aspirer. And jeebus, MotF just keeps pumping out those artscale SMs! I love following that blog.

Matt: You said it Lantz! Id have at least 25 whole cents for each time I've heard that about the Dreadknight! Good article and good paint job, what could be sweeter? Nothing I say! Well, those Obliterator conversions really are characterful conversions too! And don't even get me started on the Artscale Marines Lantz, I've been a huge fan of that blog for many moons. Always inspirational.

Mike and John's additions for this week's Honor roll are:

John: Arsies Studio blog, the Getaway

Mike:  I love this Chimera from Adeptus Malaysia. The searchlight is 'eavy metal quality!


As always: if you care about your fellow bloggers and their work, please link the Honor Roll on your blog. Grab the jpg from this post and use this link underneath:


Much appreciation!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

More test models: for historical, for dark eldar

While I am slowly preparing the Ogre Army, I thought I would show you a few test models that I did for two other ideas, floating around in my head. Here's the Dark Eldar model:

I worked hard on this details like the cloak, little back flag, sword and face


And here is a little diorama I called 'An unexpected meeting'.

It's a Warfactory Viking and a Mantic Zombie. I looked up stuff about how Vikings clothed themselves and chose a limited palette based on plant bases dyes that they had access to. I worked hard on his shirt and the highlighting of the shield.



The zombie is very dirty and nasty looking



The base is from Secret Weapon. I created a early winter forest ground with salt as snow. I also added watereffects to create broken ice puddles, which didn't show up on the pictures that well..

It's fun to have many ideas floating in your head and follow up on it. Do it!


Mike

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ogres: thoughts, shock, test model AND counts-as conversion



Thoughts
Let me start by saying that I am a complete and utter modeling butterfly. I get very excited about new models very quickly and it is becoming an obsession to get the models once I have convinced myself that I have to build and paint them. Here's a list of current obsessions with test models done on two armies:
-Spacewolves (5models completed)
-Dark Eldar (testmodel done, coming up)
-Historical modeling in 28mm (test diorama done, coming up next week)
-Tau (built and kitbashed one Forgeworld model, but that's it!)

Two armies have had a REAL grip on me over many years: the Bishkek 2nd Guard Army and the Hordes of Vormond Vampire Counts, both of them nearing completion.

And now the Ogres. I think that I am one of many who were blown away by the new models. They look great, they really did a very artful and succesful design job. Slowly my little voice started saying Ogres...Ogres
4 weeks later I have the new codex, a new box of Bulls traded with Ross from Roaring Bolter and a bag of scrappy but perfectly usable ones that John found in his collection. Since that day (Friday) I have not been able to stop thinking about them. I know I can't stop it and I am giving in, fully.

Shock
I was there when the UPS driver brought the box with all the new models into the local gamestore...besides the codex I picked up the extra set of magic cards. I had kind of given in already I would have to get one more thing, but didn't know what. Peeking at the pricelist, I paled. I asked about the 38 dollars for one model, surely that must be a mistake? But no, all the characters and heroes are 38 dollars a piece. How about the new boxed units? 40 dollars plus...The maneaters were still 24 but those I don't need right now.  The new super sized models were 50 plus, OK I understand that part. I asked again about the single blisters, can you check the GW website? yep, 38 dollars a piece..


38 dollars...a great model but just too expensive

Test Model that counts-as
Driving home, I knew I could never afford to purchase a fully decked out army. Which was a huge disappointment, because I really like all the models and the characters and heroes would be so much fun to paint. I realized I needed to improvise. Once home I flipped through the codex and decided on the Mournfang Cavalry. That set of models I considered the weakest with a fairly unbelievable driving posture, I didn't really dig them all that much.

mournfang:40 dollars for 4 or 5 would have been better

Two models cost 40 plus and I figured saving could start there. This is what I came up with: Ogre on chariot pulled by a human slaves. 





The model is a counts as Mournfang Cavalry. It's a counts as a monster with impact hits and the works. The guy can dish out some good damage and the slaves stuggled in their last minutes and can create good damage as well. All in all it works.

I really enjoyed painting the Ogre. It was much harder then expected and I think I can improve a lot. The pink skin contrasts well with the pale coloring of the slaves, who don't have such full bellies. I played with the tattoos but want to figure out a way to mute them to make them look older.


The cart was made with balsawood and some bitz from the bitz box. I painted it in a light wood color to make it look like high mountain trees like pine and birch. I added some swirls of Bleached Bone onto the wood to make it look like grain, on the left post that worked out well. I modeled the wheels kind of crooked, because of the weight of the Ogre riding in it.

The slaves are Mantic zombies and I worked a bit on details like the positioning of the slave on the left (hopeless expression) and the metal wrist bands cutting into the slaves hands, making them bleed a bit.
Their feet positions will be fixed on the base, right now they are unfinished.

I don't believe GW sells the monster bases (50-100mm) in any of the bases sets, so I made one myself with some sand and apoxie sculpt on top of a piece of movement tray. Here that piece is, unpainted

All in all, the model was fun to make and of course didn't cost anything, as long as you have an Ogre. I am planning a how to on the second one of this unit, hopefully it will inspire Ogre players to save a bit.

I am really looking forward building up this army and am still looking for any of the character models, metal is fine. Let me know if you want to trade or do paypal. I have a feeling I am going to be in it for the long haul...

oh and comments are welcome. Just letting you all know, I changed the comments settings to moderation due to the HUGE amount of spam we are getting after being named Blog of Note by Google. So let me know and I will publish asap
Mike

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Direwolf test model: trying something different


Painting the direwolves, I always expected myself to go with Bleached Bone and red, kind of nasty looking, but once the model was sitting there staring at me, I decided to do it differently. Here's the test



The top is still Bleached bone, but the bottom part is Space Wolves blue with a red wash. Then consecutive highlights of blue and lighter blue, then in the end one more light wash of red to tone it all down.

The grass tufts are from Army Painter
 (pic courtesy of Anatolis gameroom, who did a review on them)
They are ready to go and glue right on. I like their look.

It's fun to think out of the box once in a while, hope you will do that as well sometime.

Mike