Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hyspasists Continued..

Hey all,
In my last post i mentioned that i was going to try and make some conversions out of the Wargames Factory Greatcoat Shock Troopers and turn them into my foot slogging Mechanicus guard... When i first saw photo's of these guys i was totally stoked and then i saw the price.. which was 18 models for round $25, which i though was great... until i actually got them... there are only 3 poses available, two of which are actually really good and the other very static... But overall i felt with a little bit of green stuff and some other various bits I could make em pretty good. I still lack a decent camera, so as always, please forgive the photo's taken from my HTC Hero.. (which is great at taking photos of normal everyday things, but not so great taking close-ups of minis!)
So first up is a couple photos of my first couple test minis

Here are a couple shots of my first 4 all together... pretty cohesive I think?

Lastly, i recently bought some of the bionic bits from MaxMini and converted some of my veterans using these bits.. pretty cool i think.
This one has the bionic leg...

Here are a couple with bionic arms..

Thats it for this rainy saturday morning!

Friday, October 8, 2010

I liked the pretty colors...

A year or so ago, the owner of my FLGS ran a demo of a game called Heavy Gear: Blitz for me. It's a 12mm sci-fi game set on a distant planet. The rules, while quite simple, are extremely complex... Let me rephrase, there are a lot of rules... they aren't difficult to understand, it's just difficult to remember all of them.

I picked the army that had the coolest looking color scheme, and since I'm not big on the whole walking robots schtick, I chose a force that had a lot of tanks and infantry; namely, Port Arthur Korps (PAK). They are the remnants of an earth force that landed on Terra Nova (the planet that the game takes place on) and have some of the more advanced technology in the game... Including the dreaded heavy hover tanks that seem to be nearly unstoppable in the game (they're the bigger ones in the pictures)

I finished my force up about a month or two ago, but I never got around to taking decent pictures of them.

All said; it's about 3300 "threat value" (basically, points). We usually play at 1000 or 1500, so this is way more points than I'd ever generally play.

I still haven't tried the light hover tanks in a game (the two smaller tank squads of 3 each), but I figured that I had to have a couple of squads of them to round things out.

I'm pretty happy with how the army came out, and I really enjoy playing the game.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Some Day My (Daemon) Prince Will Come....

Actually, he's here. Here are pictures to prove it.

This is a standard plastic Daemon prince with a couple small conversions. I liked the left hand, but thought it looked like it should be holding something. I created the fireball out of a large spawn eye, dryad limbs, and green stuff.

I also used a small spawn eye to make this third eye. This prince will be dedicated to Tzeentch and I thought the third "mystical" eye was a good way to show that.

I also painted the armor in Thousand Sons colors. However, my Sons are undercoated in black and the prince is undercoated in white. As a consequence, the armor is a lot lighter than my other Thousand Sons. No biggie, I guess.

Here is a rear shot.

Here is a shot of the base before I mounted the mini. As you can see, it has a Rhino door from everyone favorite Dark Angels successor chapter, the Angels of Absolution (Thanks for the painting tutorial, Nick)

Finally, here is a close up of the daemon face on the right arm.


Monday, October 4, 2010


Hey, got some more WIP skitarii photos for you today... So most have probably seen my veteran skitarii conversions based on Space Marine Scouts, if not go back a to the archive and check em out. These have been coming along nicely and i now have 3 full 10 man veteran squads with Chimeras. I also decided I wanted to be able to run regular troops (Hyspasists) too, so traded some stuff recently for some IG. I've seen lots of other folks conversions using high elf archers for the robed look, but i was never really stoked on how they looked, so decided to try and make the cloaks myself with some green stuff. I am very much a newbie with actual sculpting, but i like it and feel that with each model i get a bit better, not completely satisfied with these models, but i think they will be alright when surrounded by the rest of my army. So with out further ado, here are a couple picts

so, now that i've got a squad of 10 of these guys in various states of modeling, i found these guys on the interwebs the other day and ordered a box immediately. i think these are gonna be the ones I end up using... just some small conversions needed to get em looking good me thinks.
wargamesfactory shock troops

Friday, October 1, 2010

Close Ups from Recent Projects

NickxBaran here. I've been really quiet as of late. I was feverishly competing with Scott back in the spring to get the most models painted this year, and though he has a firm lead, the dream is not dead. However, I haven't touched a model from any of my armies in months. To get back in the swing of things I've been focusing on one of my ongoing terrain projects. Everything is still a work in progress in my head so rather than present the broad project, I figured I'd just give you all pics of some of the little details for now. Check back in a few days for more shots.