Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Blackstone Fortress Chaos Troops Size Comparison

Greetings to all the super accurate miniature lovers out there!

 I guess most of us agree that the new Blackstone Fortress Box miniatures are awesome sculpts (with lots of conversion potential).

However, those how have visited my blog before, know that I have a weakness for accurate scales (e.g., true scale), and I thus I could not resist to first take some comparison shots of the new Chaos Space Marines and Heretic Imperial troops with their loyalist peers and older versions of themselves.

As you can see below the new Chaos Space Marine models are indeed slightly taller than the old (e.g., Dark Vengeance) brethren but still slightly shorter than Primaris height.

Also the heretic troops are taller than e.g., the Cadian but fortunately not as tall as the new Delaque (what was GW thinking?!).

Welcome to the junkyard! -- The birth of a new custom Necromunda gang -- The Junkers


End of last year I had a very productive visit at my partner in crime on our common Necromunda project. Totally inspired by the new Necromunda miniatures, our creative minds went on overdrive, and after the creation of the Toxic Slag Miner gang being almost complete, we already had the next powerful idea:

Looking at the new Cawdor models, we saw trash... piles of junk and a bunsh of crazy guys living in between them. Visions of the new Mad Max and Walking Dead flooded us. So this is what came out of the creative chaos (work in progress of course):

For now, I call them shamelesslly "The Junkers". Above, you can see the (yet nameless) leader (guess which one it is ;-)), and two of his sla... eh "helpers" (the latter created by my friend).

The idea is that the leader is really massive (evidently) but NOT a stupid brute! This is why he actually has an (Orlock) spear cannon....

Next up is the (to become) crazy tech of the gang, the dude who builds things and keeps things functioning...

As you can see, he still needs to find some cloths (which I later started to model in Green stuff). His most prominent tool is his BIG mechanical eye, which allows him to efficiently find useful things among all the trash, like the flamer pistol he is carrying (hell yeah, the guy IS dangerous!).

And here the family portrait so far with "The Medic" (credits to my buddy, in particular for drilling out almost the whole pox walker buddy from underneath this pretty coat -- with a Dremel of course ;-))


Paintdesk upgrade: Airbrush booth

One of my new years resolutions: cleaner air in the hobby room (and for my lungs)! It was high time to install an air brush booth to soak up the airbrush fumes (in addition to a mask of course), and for a while now there are out of the box solutions available in the inter webs. I know that it would be quite easy to build one on your own but I want to safe more time for actual painting of minis! ;-)

That said, I went to good old Ebay and bought and airbrush booth, namely the new version of the Haosheng HS-E420 in black and with LED lights integrated:

Which can be obtained here in the UK: https://bartsharp.co.uk/index.php/airbrush-spray-booths/e420-dc-portable-airbrush-spray-booth-178.html
In the end, I had to slightly modify it to fit underneath my monitor but I am quite happy with the solution:

Now when I airbrush, I open the window (tilt) and put the exhaust hose on the side at the opening.

I have to say that 45db is louder than I was hoping. So do not expect to be able to listen to audiobooks on the loud speakers while airbrushing (I guess I could try the headphone on top of my mask ;-))

Happy brushing everybody!!

Necromunda Custom Gang -- First Toxic Slag Miner painted

This is the prototype for the colour scheme of our custom-made Necromunda Gang, the Toxic Slag Miners. Imagine a yellow rubber body suit to work in toxic environments.

And now imagine wearing it for weeks continuously... yeah, that's it, grim Dark!

Tooth & Claw -- Genestealer Abominant vs Haldor Icepelt

Hi again,

I love the new Genestealer Cult miniatures that GW has been releasing recently. And the Genestealer Abominant from the Tooth & Claw boxed set is a particular beauty!!! Actually the main reason why I could not resist buying the box. :-))))

Not surprisingly, the sculpt is also a great please to paint!

For the color scheme, I imagine some more "natural" human miner taint colour for the skin, i.e, pale., while the mutated "skin" should be more insect carapace (or Alien movie) like, i.e, gloss black...

Now the duel with Haldor Icepelt can begin!

Who will win???

X-Wing -- My first repaint -- Red 5

Happy new year to all you hoppy slavers out there!

My 2018 ended quite busy with a lot of work, travel and the holidays and 2019 started with some serious illness. Thus,  a little blogging hole has opened which now I aim to close by posting some stuff that I did end of last year but didn't manage to post:

First off, something slightly different than the Grim Dark:

In honour of the X-Wing Miniatures Game 2. Edition (which is an absolute blast!) I decided to repaint my first X-Wing miniature ever.

And which could be better suited than the most iconic space ship of all: Luke Skywalker's T65 X-Wing Designation: Red 5!

After spending a few hours searching the internet for the best reference pictures, I set off. I used the new T65 from the 2nd Edition Core Box.

First, I replaced the ugly massive transparent basing rod with something sleeker:

 And here is the result of just a few hours of easy-going repainting:

for the engine exhausts, I tried some new colours, namely the fluorescent paints from Vallejo, here a mix of the magenta and some orange. They are indeed fluorescent but you do not really see it in the photos...

And finally, and quick comparison with the 1.Edition T65:

May the force be with you!!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Two Necromunda Classics -- Kal Jerico & Scabbs

Hi fellow hivers,

a few weeks ago Mad Donna was sighted on these web pages, now another famous bounty hunter and his half-Ratskin sidekick shows up. I am sure you know who I am talking about...

I wonder what next this bloodily lucky bastards will blow up!!