Saturday, October 28, 2017

Models for my kids: eBay Salvage

I bought a collection of used and abused miniatures so my kids could have a bunch of models to paint and play with, without me spending hundreds of dollars. Here are some shots of what I got. They will all soon be soaking in the cleansing bath of the Emperor's light (aka Purple Power), ready to be reborn.

Everything came in a big bag. I dumped it out and this is what I had.

The main reason I bought this lot was for the space marines for my kids to paint.

It looks like mostly metal miniatures from Second Edition. There is an Assault Squad (metal jump packs!), Devastators (metal heavy weapons!) and a few random tactical marines, scout sergeant and characters. Those metal jump packs and heavy weapons make for some really unstable models, which is not so great for kids, unfortunately.

Bonus: four metal and one plastic space orks from Second Edition. Great memories here!

Some interesting chaos marines. Two terminators, four Deathguard, and three and a half Berserkers (a couple are missing their heads, unfortunately). 

The old Deathguard are actually really cool models. In some ways, better than the over-the-top new ones.

And a one-armed assassin. Another great model that is unfortunately missing pieces.

The Space Marines and Orks have obviously improved immeasurably in the last 25 years. But I really like the old Chaos and Assassin models and I think they have stood the test of time. Assuming the paint stripping works, I will definitely use that assassin as some sort of conversion. And I think I could use quite a few of the chaos bits for Horus Heresy conversions. My kids will enjoy painting the space marines. The only useless models will be the orks, although I may paint one just out of nostalgia.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

WIP Pumping Station

I bought Shadow War: Armageddon to play with my son because I thought the smaller games would be better: fewer miniatures to collect and paint to start an army and quicker games. It's been quite fun and I am really impressed by the utility of the modular terrain so I have been busy cutting, scraping and gluing it together. I want to add to it until I have a truly multi-level table for small games instead of just a few platforms connected by a catwalk. So I am taking the opportunity to do some of the scratch-build projects that have been on my mind for a long time. But now I am making sure they have raised platforms that match the height of the Shadow War terrain so that it will all fit together.

This piece is a pumping/processing station. I have had the electrical box with the Legos on top and the tin cans rolling around together in a box for over a year, waiting to start building this until I had more bits for pipes and valves. This is a WIP shot and I still have more details to add, but you get the general idea of the piece: lots of pipes, hoses and ladders. I think this piece will work well as part of an industrial board with the other Shadow War terrain and could even standalone with the dessert terrain as a gathering station for the produced liquids and gasses from the extraction industries in the wastelands of Xhorik Prime.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Tankbusta Nob: Da Sarge

A couple of years (I can't believe how the time flies) after working up one of my favorite units I have ever done, my techno-savage tankbustas, I have finally built and painted their nob.

Known as "Da Sarge", he is one of Filgakk Skullsplitta's most veteran and grizzled nobz. He was recently put in charge of the World Wrecka tankbustas to give them a leader with detailed knowledge of Imperial vehicles... and most importantly to keep them in line and ensure their loyalty to da boss. Da Sarge started life as a Blood Axe and even fought as part of an ork mercenary company for desperate Imperial commanders on the Eastern Fringe. Fighting alongside Imperial vehicles gave him a deep understanding of their strengths and weaknesses that make him a very efficient tankbusta now. And it is where he picked up the extremely strange habit (to orks) of smoking cigars. Now, older even than Filgakk himself, Da Sarge commands a lot of respect from da boyz and acts as a "big boss" commanding a number of nearby lesser nobz and their units when the warboss is leading the main charge.

His boss pole is covered in trophies from destroyed tanks and their crew. His face is lined and creased, his skin tone brownish with age. And he is never seen without his trademark "seegar".

Friday, August 25, 2017


This is my first weirdboy since Second Edition. He is from my World Wrecka tribe of techno-savage orks that are descended from the survivors of the Second Xhorik War. He is a mad prophet who doesn't understand his own psychic abilities. He thinks his ancestors' bones are what gives him his visions and powers so he carries them around and talks to them.The staff helps him focus and direct his psychic energies, with the copper wire providing a direct conduit from his brain. He also uses his staff to discharge his power into the ground when it builds up dangerously without a suitable target, such as in the buildup to a battle or during a warbike race around camp (that's the source of the crater at his feet). The hood and googles also help him keep his powers (a little more) under control rather than blasting anyone he happens to be looking at during a surge of Waaagh! energy.

Part prophet. Part Gimp. All mad.

More below the break.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Death Guard Legion Praetor

I've added a Legion Praetor as an HQ choice for my Horus Heresy Death Guard army. Equipment: Cataphractii terminator armor, volkite charger and paragon blade.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hobby desk organization

I organized my hobby area this week. With multiple armies in the works plus terrain-making supplies, it was getting out of hand.

I have all the bits, sprues and junk for terrain organized well enough, but I would still like to eventually do something with my paints and brushes.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

WIP Ork Characters: Tankbusta Nob and Weirdboy

After the last six or seven months working on the beginnings of a Horus Heresy White Scars army, I am back to working on my first true love: Orks. I finally made a nob for my tankbustas and then I cobbled together a weirdboy so I could add some psychic mayhem to our games.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Horus Heresy Battle 1: Dusk Skirmish

The Death Guard and the White Scars prepare to do battle for control of the ruined cathedral.

The Death Guard attack at the hour of dusk, their most ancient tactic. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Death Guard Update

Here's a few pics of my Horus Heresy Death Guard army. I have a 14 man Tactical Squad, a Contemptor Dreadnought and a 3 man Heavy Support Squad that I hope to add to as soon as I can get my hands on some more HH era missle launchers.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

White Scars Outrider Squadron

Outriders are obviously a key component of any White Scars army worthy of the name. Space Mongols need mounted units, after all.

White Scars need bikes. I hope these are first of many.