Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Where there's a WIP there's a way

Now usually I don't do this but, uh, go ahead and break 'em off with a little preview of the remix:

it's payback time

coming out of my shell

bonus: free hugs!

 I'm having a lot of fun with this one. This has been a very experimental project from me and I've picked up some new skills. It should also go a long way toward "modernizing" my miniatures collection so I can hang at competitive events. Next step: continue to restructure my army by completing units to field formations from Traitor's hate!

Friday, September 16, 2016

My Armor is Contempt

I lost track of the link, but my Contemptor made it into the official NOVA photostream. So that's what it's like to stare down the barrel of a Butcher Cannon, if you were wondering.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Nova '16

As always, the NOVA Open is the highlight of my gaming year. This year I got to try something a bit different, as Joe, Colin and I joined the NOVA volunteer team to run the Warhammer 40k Narrative tournament. While that meant less gaming overall, it was fun to peek behind the curtain and do our best to make sure the participants had a great time!

Colin and Joe dive into the terrain toybox
Tim, Carlo, and I also participated in the popular 40k Team Trios tournament and to our great surprise we claimed second place the army appearance track.
My favorite part, though, is catching up with my convention friends across the game table or in the lounge. Getting ready for the convention is always a big effort (to say nothing of the late nights, early mornings, and poor nutritional choices of the event itself) and you'd think some burnout would be natural. I always find, though, that talking with other gamers and seeing their enthusiasm and creativity has a rejuvenating effect. With that said, it's back to the painting table for me. Thanks for another great year, everyone! 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Frogs on the Moon

Five and two, three plus four
six there are, and add one more;
father, will you come?
I'll be with you soon -
I'll see you when there are frogs on the moon.

– Frogs on the Moon, Chalcydonian children's rhyme

Monday, June 20, 2016

Our Lady of Perpetual Horror: Complete!

Curiously, planetary surveys dating to Pre-Heresy times list two small moons in orbit around the planet Chalcydon. It is not uncommon, however, for records from that time to be incomplete or otherwise faulty, as even a casual observer notes the presence of a third moon in the Chalcydonian sky. Peregrinus, the Ghost Moon, features heavily in local lore despite active suppression by the planetary administration, to the extent that the Chalcydonian Ecclesiarchy has grudgingly incorporated the moon into its rituals. It is customary to wait for the waxing of the Ghost Moon to begin new endeavors, and it is said that a priest who takes holy orders beneath the moon can discern the will of the Emperor Himself.

After many layers of foam, clay, spackle, and paint, the display board is ready!

This project really forced me to push some of my hobby limits and I'm extremely pleased with the way it compliments my work over the past two years. Teaser shots below:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Our Lady of Perpetual Horror, In Progress

I've built up a fairly large collection of painted models over the last few years, and now it's time for a display board. Inspired by my Socratic daimon, I headed out to the craft store and returned with copious amounts of styrofoam, glue, and clay. Over the last few days, I've been laying down obscene amounts of liquid nails and styrofoam blocks to form the main landscape of the base, but in the meantime I also tackled the board's main feature:

a horror from the third moon of chalcydon!

Realizing that creepy faces have become sort of a motif in my Chaos Daemons army, when I saw the styrofoam head, I knew what I had to do. I've used air hardening clay for the sculpt. I started with the lips and worked my way outward, taking about three and a half hours for the whole process. Originally, I wanted to mimic the stone head from Prometheus, but as I worked, little bits of Red Skull and general ad-libbing entered the picture. This was my first attempt at any sort of real sculpting, and the time flew by. Now it's time for the agonizing wait as I continue to add glue and spackle to the board, but I'm looking forward to next week, when I'll be able to start adding the details and get it painted.

As with all of my projects, I only had a vague plan, but you can follow along with my sculpting below:

Monday, May 9, 2016

Buggin' Out

Rahab, Angel of the Depths

When the Traveler came to Chalcydon, Cardinal Absalom was one of the first of the Ecclesiarchs to barter with the Ruinous Powers. It was Absalom who handed over the keys to the ancient bioweaponry vaults beneath the Cathedral of Saint Sebastian Thor, and in recognition of this blasphemous act, was transfigured by Father Nurgle into the daemon prince known as Rahab. Now the Angel of the Depths, Rahab scuttles among the roots of the underworld with an endless hunger, devouring the soul-scraps left by greater beings.

A few weeks ago I ran across a preview of an upcoming release from Mierce Miniatures, and as soon as I saw this model I knew it would enter my collection not as Thacaldan Mound-Beetle but as some sort of hideous Nurgle beast. The very nice people at Mierce were willing to sell me a copy before the general release, so I placed an order and the model crossed the Atlantic in record time. I really could not be any more impressed by the customer service Mierce provided – their communication was always prompt and polite, and they were able to manually place my order as the model was not yet available for sale through their website.

Even though I think Mierce has some of the very best sculpts available in the world of miniatures, I wanted a different sort of beetle so I decided to convert the head and forelegs. The model is cast in a sort of rubbery resin that holds detail very well, but is also very light and easy to work with. I was able to pin the arms very easily. Mold lines were minimal and easily removed (although of course I missed quite a few that I only discovered halfway through painting). I had a slight mishap during the early painting stages when one of the legs broke at the knee despite very gentle handling, but I was able to repair the miniature without any difficulty.

This mini was a complete blast to paint and was absolutely worth the time and expense. Sadly, I don't think I'll have the opportunity to the Darklands game any time soon, but I look forward to adding more Mierce creations to my creature collection in the future.