Saturday, December 31, 2011

Barter Bucket: 12/21/11

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...
__________________________________________
robertallison at gmail dot com is looking for:
  1. Necromunda backpacks, any and all
for trade they have:
  1. Imperial Guard bits
  2. Money, cold hard cash
srbuman at gmail dot com is on the hunt for the following:

1. 40K Ork Nob Bodies (metal or plastic, any)
2. 40K Ork Ork nob weapons (metal or plastic, any)
3. 40K Ork Mega Nobz, minimum x2

and for trade has these:

1. Onebox of 40k 2nd edition rules and tokens (contact for a complete listing)
2. Lots and lots of bits (just ask)


imamsawez at gmail dot com is looking for the following:

1. Chaos Space marines. Contact me with what you have, but what I most want are unpainted/unassembled bodies
2. Nurgle/Death Guard. Again, contact, unpainted/unassembled
3. 15mm Sci Fi. Let me know what you have

In return, they have to trade:

1. Dark Eldar scourges, no wings, and Kaballite warriors. I also have Scourge bits - legs and torso
2. Metal chaos raptors - both new and OOP
3. Space Wolf and Necron bits - tons of these


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, December 30, 2011

SCWH Honor Roll #44

Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll now brought to you with love and care direct from Lantz from over at MWC, TLA and HoP!

The Emporer's Codex - Ironclad Dreadnought Conversion
Recalcitrant Daze - Gun Emplacement Mk II Conversion
Mordian 7th - 1k Sons Sabre Completed and Falchion WIP
Musings of a Metal Mind - Ghost Ark Completed (With Bonus Rant!)
Maximum Heresy - Tyranid Cheap Zoanthrope Tutorial
Spiky Bits - Necron Wraith Conversion
Truddenia - Javelin Jetbike Completed
ADHD Gaming - Necron Catacomb Command Barge Test Model Completed
PsychosisPC's The Madhouse Workshop - Chaos Space Marine Conversion

Lantz: Hot damn there was so much great work done this week! This surprised me with the holidays cluttering up everyone's schedules, but as always the community came through and with flying colors. Speaking of flying and colors, check out ADHDG's CCB's paint job; I can't wait to see more of this army. Along the lines of Necrons, one of my favorite bloggers from MofMM has posted his beautifully painted Ghost Ark along with an entertaining rant about its construction. To all who read this, you don't know pain until you've put together a Ghost Ark. I feel your pain, Mark. Finally, another one of my favorite bloggers/scratch-build artists over at M7th is bringing us more scratch-built vehicles this week with the Sabre and a WIP for a Falchion.

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

Mike:  I TOTALLY love how Fritz 40K is painting up old game sets like skull pass and having fun with it. He is also gong to do some LOTR. I think it's great and I am certainly following his progress



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!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Defenders of Makkum: swordsmen part 3: standard PLUS wizard


I am now 5 models away from finishing the first unit of 25 swordsmen. I finally touched up the standard bearer and finalized the wizard
I spent a lot of time on the wizard and feel happy about this model. It's a wonderful sculpt  (wonder who sculpted it?) and there are excellent model lines to work with. I received this wizard in a trade and painted him up as was built. He is standing on a pedastal of red brick, made from the chimney of the Fantasy Manor
Above you can see I added some ornate stuff on the inside and a fiery comet on his inside shawl.
The inside of the book with the winds of magic:
...and I worked a bit on his bookmark.
At this angle you can also see the other ornate embroidery on the inside of his cloak


My wife got me the Garden of Mor for Xmas, so I will be looting that set to create scenery inside the movement tray. I have already tried out a few thing, but I think that set will make it look awesome!
Stay tuned

Mike

ps: I dropped the wizard on my Cool Mini or Not page, please vote if you feel like it!



Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Favorite Model


In the new year I would love some more interaction with all of you 890 followers....so I would love to invite you to send me an email with a picture and a little story about your favorite model...it can be your favorite sculpt, your best paint job, the model that won you the tournament, your rogue trader metal or whatever. I would love to make it a yearlong series that would run every other week or so. I think it will make for interesting reading material for all of us.

Of course I will also add your blog or website, where our readers can find more of your thoughts or work.


It's fun to think about models and why you like them; John and I did a Top Ten of All Time, check that out if you need some inspiration.

Send your emails with pix to mike dot tess at charter dot net. I would love to hear from you!

Happy New Year!

Mike

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Barter Bucket: 12/24/11

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...
__________________________________________
srbuman at gmail dot com is on the hunt for the following:
  1. 40K Ork Nob Bodies (metal or plastic, any)
  2. 40K Ork Ork nob weapons (metal or plastic, any)
  3. 40K Ork Mega Nobz, minimum x2
and for trade has these:
  1. Onebox of 40k 2nd edition rules and tokens (contact for a complete listing)
  2. Lots and lots of bits (just ask)

imamsawez at gmail dot com
is looking for the following:
  1. Chaos Space marines. Contact me with what you have, but what I most want are unpainted/unassembled bodies
  2. Nurgle/Death Guard. Again, contact, unpainted/unassembled
  3. 15mm Sci Fi. Let me know what you have
In return, they have to trade:
  1. Dark Eldar scourges, no wings, and Kaballite warriors. I also have Scourge bits - legs and torso
  2. Metal chaos raptors - both new and OOP
  3. Space Wolf and Necron bits - tons of these

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, December 23, 2011

SCWH Honor Roll #43

Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll now brought to you with love and care direct from Lantz from over at MWC, TLA and HoP! I think Matt's going to be joining us again real soon, so let's break down the top picks for this week.

Volomir's Blog - Artscale Imperial Fist PIP
Fuzzbucket's Mini Mayhem - Scourge Completed
Oinks Overambitious Terrain Project(s) - Air Traffic Control Tower
Master Of The Forge - Artscale Gabriel Angelos WIP
Ricalopia - Liches Finished
Wrythhold - Uriah and Confessor Completed
White Metal Games - So...Many...Conversions...
Warhammer With Zail - Triarch Stalker Completed
Dark Future Games - Da Kabal Of Da Big Teef Trukk Conversion
Scratchbuilt 40k - Librarian Dreadnought Finished
Eye Of Error - Asdrubael Vect and Court Completed

Lantz: The Honor Roll isn't just about finished conversions or painting projects. If anything I'm more interested in in-progress shots or even the pieces laid out before me to see where my imagination will take it and later seeing what actually came of said project. Such an example is OOTP's Air Traffic Control Tower; I suggest you keep an eye on this one it looks like it should be good. Something else I really love is blogs working together, such as VB's Artscale Imperial Fist painting in-progress shots as the model for this was made by Master of the Forge. And speaking of MOTF, he's got another artscale project going for a client that's well worth a look.

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

Mike:  Unfortunately I have to link Blue Bra Girl. THIS IS NOT FOR KIDS! I don't have tv at home and i happened across the really saddening footage by accident, but it changed my week. I couldn't focus in the evening on the hobby, finding warhammer modeling too trivial when compared to what's happening in places like Egypt. I am truly sick of so much that I read or hear, at home and overseas, and i feel so happy and blessed with my little family, trying to close all this craziness out. If the world could just do without lying aggressors and sadistic violence against women/minorities.....
Anyway, I started painting again last night. 

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, December 21, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Defenders of Makkum: swordsmen part 2: updates


After a couple of weeks, I have made quite a bit of progress on the swordsmen of the Defenders of Makkum. I received the bases from Dragon Forge and was able to paint up about 12 models and have two models in progress, the standard bearer and the wizard. Let's go to the pictures:

Here are the first models, based on their red brick bases. The movement tray is just a working tray, I am going to build something different. Also no terrain yet in between the ranks, haven't gotten any yet.
For the Dutch readers, they recognize the Frysian flag with red hearts, very cool flag. I painted it reversed, I like the flow better this way.
 All the models are heavily kitbashed and meant to depict veteran type warriors, grouped together from different districts around Makkum and called up to the city to defend it. A lot of men have grey hair to make them look a bit older. Different shields mean different homesteads or allegiances.

This is the emblem of the current city of Makkum in Friesland, Netherlands and I thought it would be fun to paint that on the standard.

 I still have to work on it a bit, but it looks good enough for now
 Suddenly, on a sleepless night I got inspired to paint a wizard. I have worked mostly on his cape and book. The inside pages are done. It was really fun to do and my new, special for painting-reading glasses are really helping!



More next week!

Mike

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Barter Bucket: 12/17/11

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...
__________________________________________
imamsawez at gmail dot com is looking for the following:
1. Chaos Space marines. Contact me with what you have, but what I most want are unpainted/unassembled bodies
2. Nurgle/Death Guard. Again, contact, unpainted/unassembled
3. 15mm Sci Fi. Let me know what you have
In return, they have to trade:
1. Dark Eldar scourges, no wings, and Kaballite warriors. I also have Scourge bits - legs and torso
2. Metal chaos raptors - both new and OOP
3. Space Wolf and Necron bits - tons of these

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, December 16, 2011

SCWH Honor Roll #42

Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll now brought to you with love and care direct from Lantz from over at MWC, TLA and HoP! This week is chalked full of goodies! So let's get to it!

Meridian Prime - Honour Guard Complete
Dark Future Games - 13th Company Thunder Wolf Finished
Die Vincis - Basing WIP (translated to English)
Rabbit Hole Games - Remeil WIP and PIP
Home Of Cadaver - Death Guard Sternguard Veterans
Recalcitrant Daze - Looted Wagon #5
Winterdyne - Dreadfleet Set PIP
WAAAGH! Aki - Da MegaNob Kitbash
Death Or Glory! - DEldar Grotesque Conversions

Lantz: Okay, this was a good week if you like conversions and kitbashing. MP has some Honour Guard that look like they're purchased straight from GW in some find conversion work. RHG has both some WIP and PIP shots of his Remeil...every time I look at that model I get a tad drooly... DV has some great basing going on for some projects he's working on as well; well worth a look.

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

Mike:  check out Pepa Saavedra. This post is wonderful and check out all the busts on the right. Awesome!

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!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Childs Play Charity Build


The Blood Ravens Charity Drive has now gotten underway in a serious manner. On the website is a realtime donation counter. Check it out here, also we have a link on the right, donate some money and maybe win a great looking army! 't is the season!

Mike

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

SCWH sale at Secret Weapon extended through today!

(ED: the 15 % off sale at Secret Weapon has been extended through today, get on it!)

thanks for all the great comments over the last couple of days! it seems there are a lot of people that are excited about the Archeo-Tech Obelisk. But we only can give one away....

And using Random.org the winner is:

Damn the Valley


He will get one brandspankin' new and shiny Tech Obilisk in the mail....when he drops me his address (send it to santacruzwarhammer at gmail dot com


24 hour SCWH sale at Secret Weapon
In tribute to the review and giveaway on Santa Cruz Warhammer, Mr Justin put the Archeo-Tech Obelisk and ALL his other products on sale for 24 hours with 15 percent off, starting right now! The coupon code is SCWH. So head over here and get an Obelisk or anything else. With 15 percent off, the price for the Obelisk drops down to $12.75. That is a wonderful price for a big piece of resin. And they can be very easily used in Warhammer Fantasy as well.

Please realize: Secret Weapon has been and will be generous towards charity. These are the kind of companies that we should support. Show some support and use that SCWH coupon; 24 hours only!

Mike

Monday, December 12, 2011

Santa Cruz Warhammer Giveaway: Necron Obilisk!

Mr Justin from Secret Weapon Miniatures has a great reputation for giving to charity. He has given many, many products to the two great charity drives of the last two year, the Storm Wardens and the Heroes of Armageddon. We chose him to be the first company to be highlighted in our Ads for Charity Program and he sent us two Necron Obilisks, models he created and is selling on his website. We did a review on it last week and today we are giving one away, in our usual SCWH style.
Here's the great looking model:

Drop a comment if you want to win!

And remember, if you shop online, try to find companies that have their heart in the right place!

Mike

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Barter Bucket: 12/10/11

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 EMPIRE. Have plenty of state troops and archers but lacking in everything else. Do have the codex! ALSO, anyone out there want to trade their guard army, painted or unpainted, built or unbuilt, it's all good. Lastly: mike loves old Games Workshop codexes and rulebooks. Got plenty to trade, just ask, email him at mike dot tess at charter dot net

mhcallahan at hotmail dot com is looking for:
  1. Baal Predators / Furioso Dreadnoughts
  2. Blood Angel infantry (new or old, any models including characters in good shape)
and is willing to trade:
  1. x10 Forgeworld Raven Guard upgrade kits (heads, backpacks, shoulderguards, chests)
  2. Vampire Counts, assorted (20 new skeletons, 20 ghouls, 5 converted black knights, characters)
mjsconnection at gmail.com is looking to become one with the Hive Mind and needs:
  1. Plastic Tyranid Ravener tail/lower-torso (above ground version)
  2. Trygon tail end (barb with sacs)
  3. Wings suggestions for Tyranid Warrior (Parasite conversion)
for trade they have:
  1. Some Space Marine models and bits
  2. Various Tyranid models and bits
jason dot butch1 at gmail dot com needs:
  1. Space Marine MkVI ("beaky") helmets, any
and has to trade:
  1. 40k Imperial Guard bits
  2. WHFB Empire bits
srbuman at gmail dot com needs some Ork super-heavy help:
  1. Needs: Any Ork or Imperial Guard vehicle bits
  2. Has: A good chance he has the bits you need, just ask
  3. He is working on these vehicles
eriochrome at hotmail dot com, hook him up if you can with the following Blood Bowl Stuff:
  1. 2nd Ed Human: Blitzer 1, Thrower 1, Kicker 1, Kicker 2
  2. 2nd Ed Dark Elf Kicker 2, Catcher 3
  3. 2nd Ed Orc: Blocker 1, Thrower 1

av8hotrod at yahoo dot com (SCWH's own John) wants:



  1. OOP Land Raider box, the first one, just the box
  2. Long Drongs Slayer Pirates, need 6 more troops.
  3. Fantasy Chaos Marauders
  4. Fantasy Chaos Marauder Horsemen bits- heads, and torsos
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, December 9, 2011

SCWH Honor Roll #41

Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll now brought to you with love and care direct from Lantz from over at MWC, TLA and HoP! We're still awaiting Matt's return to the internet, so until then I've still got the driver's seat... Buckle in!

Floor Gaming - Painted Terrain
Recalcitrant Daze - Looted Wagon Kit Bash
Spikey Bits - Tomb Blade Conversion
Alskayer Et Lyc@rnia: Le Manufactorum - Ork Infantry Conversions (translated to English)
The Hobby Ambit - Flying Ork Trukk Completed
From The Warp - Destroyed Vehicle Craters
Digital Wastrel - Wyches Painted
The Quiet Limit Of The World - Branchwraith Painted
Smells Like Wargaming - Salamanders HQs Finished
The Painting Shop - Ogre Maneater Pirate Painted
March Of The Plastic Soliders - Sorylian Battleship Completed
Lil Loser - Eldar Army
Warpstone Flux - Shadow Sword Painting

Lantz: A lot of good stuff this week! Necrons aside, of course, my favorites have to be DW's painted Wyches; those things are superb! I'm also a fan of all the Ork work being done this week. Did you see that flying Trukk over at THA? Go click it again! Finally, I really like the clean look of the Sorylian Battleship by MotPS. I used to play Ultramarines, so maybe it's striking a chord there.

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

Mike: I mentioned this model ages ago and finally Cianty has been able to paint it up...and yes, that modeling cabinet looks wonderful!


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!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Necron Triarch Stalker Conversion


With the release of the new Necron codex my old Necron army needs to be updated, and I'm sure I am not the only one. Many of the new units in the codex are great, but not all of them have models yet. Some people complain about not having an official model to play with, but I personally like the challenge that presents to converters.

One of the units that jumped out to me is the Triarch Stalker. "Like an enormous mechanical spider, a Triarch Stalker looms over the battlefield with its multiple slicing limbs and devastating weaponry controlled by a high-ranking Triarch Praetorian." That sounds great, and the rules are equally cool. It is a Walker with a "heat ray" that shoots either as a heavy 2 multi-melta or a heavy flamer. As a bonus it has the "Targeting Relay" special rule which means any unit that shoots at a unit that was hit by the Stalker counts all of its shots as twin-linked. In my mind that all read as , must have!


The first thing I did when starting this conversion was to examine the artwork in the codex carefully. I actually printed off a copy of the artwork and made notes on it of what were important elements to include. What I saw was...
-6 main legs
-an exposed driver
-a curved portion on the back that matches the other Necron vehicles
-a protective front piece with a Necron symbol
-a large unique gun
-2 smaller mandible like limbs


When I thought of a 6 legged Walker I immediately thought of one kit. The Robogear Spider. That model is the base for this conversion. Here is a list of parts I used...
-Robogear Spider body and legs
-Catacomb Command Barge Tail
-Catacomb Command Barge Railing
-Ghost Ark Pilot and Chair
-Ghost Ark Control Console
-Tomb Spyder Particle Caster
-Talos Vestigial Arms
-Dragon Forge Power Cable
-Green Stuff


This is a really simple conversion. I built the legs and body of the Robogear Spider as normal. Then I took the curved tail piece from the Command Barge, Cut off the bottom portion under the ball, and glued it to the back of the Spider, you can see where to cut the piece in the photo below. There will be a small hole in the ball but it will not be very noticeable when finished. I filled this gap with a little square of cereal box card. Then I built the pilot and chair from the Ghost Ark. Leave the pilot's arms off til the end so that he can fit the controls correctly. Cut down the wires coming out of the back of the pilot so it fits neatly against the spine from the Command Barge. Then glue the chair to the middle of the Spider as close to the Tail section as possible. Next I assembled the railing from the Command Barge. Simply glue the railing to the front of the spider over the pilots legs. Be sure to use plastic glue when assembling this conversion because it hardens slower than super glue which will give you time to fit all of the pieces properly. That finishes the main body of the Stalker.


Now onto the details. Assemble the control console from the Ghost ark and cut the stand flush so that you can glue it to the back of the railing. At this point you can add the pilot's arms so that they are resting on the controls. Next you need to find a cool gun that you can fit under the model. I used a metal particle caster from the Tomb Spyder that has been in my bits box for years. There is a circular whole in the bottom of the Spider torso that I plugged it into. I finished the gun by adding a Dragon Forge power cable running from the rear of the gun into the rear of the spider torso. Then I added two small arms from the Dark Eldar Talos kit to the front to look like mandibles. The last detail was to add a Necron symbol that I press molded in green stuff that I cast of of the Ghost Ark.

That is it. I think this conversion is very close to the artwork. The final model is slightly bigger than a Dreadnought but not by much. I was hoping that it would fit onto a 60mm base, but unfortunately the legs stick out to far. I will have to find a slightly larger base or use it without one. I used parts from both the Ghost Ark and the Command Barge kits, but you could make this work with only Command Barge pieces. Just substitute the pilot and the control console for ones from the Barge kit. The pilot won't be as bulky but it will still work.


A few years back Mike used some Robogear models for Ork vehicle conversions. This was before I met Mike, and is actually what inspired me to pick up some Robogear models myself. The Robogear models are still easily available on Ebay and very affordable. I hope some of you will be inspired to make conversions of your own.

Michael

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Review: Secret Weapon Miniatures Tech Obelisk


Here is our first Ads for Charity Product Review. Secret Weapon Miniatures have always been a great supporter of our charity projects. Last summer they donated hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of bases to the Heroes of Armageddon Project. Heart is in the right place, I should say. So we want to kick of this program with a review of a fairly new product in the SW line: the Necron Tech Obelisk. Justin from Secret Weapon sent us TWO, one is reviewed below, one will be GIVEN AWAY to one of you. I asked Michael to review this new model.
And remember: support those companies who are willing to support our communities!


Mike

As part of Santa Cruz Warhammer's Ads for Charity project I was asked by Mike to paint and review Secret Weapon Miniatures new Tech Obelisk.




This is a really interesting resin piece. It is hollow but still a solid cast. I have spent some time trying to guess how they managed to cast it like that. This is a really ingenious solution to use less resin and thus keep the cost down. That is necessary because this is a fairly large piece. Although it is hollow it is still very durable. The bottom is about 60mm square and the obelisk stands about 5.25 inches tall (or about 4.5 times taller than a standard marine). In the photo below I have included a Necron Warrior and Destroyer for size comparison.



A nice feature is that each side of the Obelisk has a different design. That is a nice touch that adds interest to the model. The surface of the model is not smooth as I would have guessed, but rather slightly porous. The cast I received was also of very high quality. There was one mold line and a few tiny air bubbles but nothing that was not easily cleaned up with a file and some liquid green stuff. To be honest the air bubbles were so small that I would not have bothered filling them before liquid green stuff was released, but since it was as easy as drawing a paint brush across the bubbles, I did.

For my paint scheme I went with a classic Necron look. This is because I am currently updating my old Necron army for the new codex, and they are on my mind. Although this model was clearly designed with Necrons in mind it does not have to be used this way. It could easily be painted like stone and used in an Egyptian setting, painted to be marble and used as a memorial obelisk, or whatever your imagination might create.


The design on this side is different from the the photo above


As I mentioned above the model has a slightly porous surface, so it takes paint very well. I primed this one one white and built up the green using Goblin Green to Scorpion Green to Scorpion Green/Skull White mix highlighting towards the top of the model and towards the intersection of lines. Then I painted the panels Chaos Black and finally added an edge highlight of Goblin Green to the black areas. I wanted the obelisk to have a polished and shiny look so I finished it with gloss varnish.

I am quite happy with this model, and it is easy to make it look good on the table top. The obelisk can work well either as terrain or an objective marker. The Tech Obelisk retails for $15 and can be ordered directly from Secret Weapon Miniatures. Santa Cruz Warhammer is always trying to find innovative ways for hobbyists to support great charities, so be sure to check out all of our Ads for Charity sponsors so we can keep sending support to charities that need it.

Michael


PS: if you live in the Bay Area, you can meet Mr. Justin from Secret Weapon in San Jose on Saturday. He will be giving a workshop at GameKastle. Come check him out!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Defenders of Makkum: swordsmen part 1


I kitbashed together 20 swordsmen as my first unit for the Defenders of Makkum (one is missing in the pictures). My basic idea was to create a group of veteran fighters, having the enemy in their sights but not close enough to engage. Therefore a lot of models are standing and waiting...


 some are getting anxious and the leader rank (with standard bearer) is shouting encouragement.

The empire swordsmen are very dynamic and wouldn't work well for my purposes, so I used Bret bodies, which are more upright. Then I used a ton of different heads, incl some from Guard and SpaceMarines and worked on all the arms and shields. When using a Bret shield, I added an Empire Icon to make it look more the part.

I painted up a couple of models but haven't found my mojo yet. Priming in white is hard.
I haven't received the Dragon Forge bases yet, so I will paint them all on these GW bases and transfer them over. Finally I will start incorporating terrain into the ranks.

Stay tuned!


Mike 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Barter Bucket: 12/3/11

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...
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mike dot tess at charter dot net (SCWH's own Mike) is looking for EMPIRE. Have plenty of state troops and archers but lacking in everything else. Do have the codex! ALSO, anyone out there want to trade their guard army, painted or unpainted, built or unbuilt, it's all good. Lastly: mike loves old Games Workshop codexes and rulebooks. Got plenty to trade, just ask, email him at mike dot tess at charter dot net

mhcallahan at hotmail dot com is looking for:
  1. Baal Predators / Furioso Dreadnoughts
  2. Blood Angel infantry (new or old, any models including characters in good shape)
and is willing to trade:
  1. x10 Forgeworld Raven Guard upgrade kits (heads, backpacks, shoulderguards, chests)
  2. Vampire Counts, assorted (20 new skeletons, 20 ghouls, 5 converted black knights, characters)
mjsconnection at gmail.com is looking to become one with the Hive Mind and needs:
  1. Plastic Tyranid Ravener tail/lower-torso (above ground version)
  2. Trygon tail end (barb with sacs)
  3. Wings suggestions for Tyranid Warrior (Parasite conversion)
for trade they have:
  1. Some Space Marine models and bits
  2. Various Tyranid models and bits
jason dot butch1 at gmail dot com needs:
  1. Space Marine MkVI ("beaky") helmets, any
and has to trade:
  1. 40k Imperial Guard bits
  2. WHFB Empire bits
srbuman at gmail dot com needs some Ork super-heavy help:
  1. Needs: Any Ork or Imperial Guard vehicle bits
  2. Has: A good chance he has the bits you need, just ask
  3. He is working on these vehicles
eriochrome at hotmail dot com, hook him up if you can with the following Blood Bowl Stuff:
  1. 2nd Ed Human: Blitzer 1, Thrower 1, Kicker 1, Kicker 2
  2. 2nd Ed Dark Elf Kicker 2, Catcher 3
  3. 2nd Ed Orc: Blocker 1, Thrower 1

av8hotrod at yahoo dot com (SCWH's own John) wants:



  1. OOP Land Raider box, the first one, just the box
  2. Long Drongs Slayer Pirates, need 6 more troops.
  3. Fantasy Chaos Marauders
  4. Fantasy Chaos Marauder Horsemen bits- heads, and torsos
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, December 2, 2011

SCWH Honor Roll #40

Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll now brought to you with love and care direct from Lantz from over at MWC and TLA! Matt's been busy with real life shenaniganz lately, so I'll be your lovely host until his return. In addition I'm going to be changing the Honor Roll ever so slightly. Every week I try to stick to a theme and while that's spiffy keen, I don't get to post some amazing paint-work because it's conversion week and vice versus. So, from here on I'm just linking some good ol' quality work, no matter the genre which probably means a tad more content each week. Enjoy!

AJ's Gaming World - Lasgun Tutorial
Dark Future Games - Space Wolves WIP
Storm of Blades - Warp Spiders Completed
Adeptus Malaysia - Avenging Sons Veteran
Rust And The City - Death Guard Conversion
ADHD Gaming - Blight Drone Completed
Brian Carlson Miniatures - DEldar Baron WIP
Eye of Error - Scrap 'crons
Enter The Nurgling - Harold of Nurgle WIP
40k Hobby Blog - Minty Necron Overlord WIP
WAAAGH! Aki - Nob Bikers Completed
Recalcitrant Daze - Nurgle Hell Blade WIP


Lantz: Even with the holidays, gamers are still finding the time to work on their projects. And it's a good thing, too. Otherwise I'd write poetry here and no one wants to see that as it's mostly about cake and Anna Kendrick... This week is chalked full of...well, a little bit of everything! AGW's lasgun tutorial is an attention to detail everyone can appreciate. Subtle changes to an army as a whole are what make or break outside interest; this one is a well crafted conversion. I've been watching AM's Avenging Sons Veteran progress work for a while now, it's nice to see something completed and completed beautifully. Finally, SoB's Warp Spiders' paint job is superb. I've got a weak spot for that unit from back when I played Eldar and that paint job suits the unit well.

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

Mike: I love this newly found blog, the Brush Brothers. Make sure to check out the current post, but this one with Lilith is awesome!


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!