Thursday, October 31, 2013

More missiles

Here's my week's work, yes, just one trooper, but it's been that sort of week!

He's my third Long Fang and the second missile launcher troop, thanks again to my brother for the launchers and missile!

You know the drill by now...

Try to ignore the askew missile top compared to the rest of it.

The glue shifted as it dried, so the missile only looks properly straight from a few angles, not this one!

One more plasma gunner and the squad leader and the first Long Fang pack will be done!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Long Fang Plasma Gunner

Well, it only took three days of spare time - HA!

Sorry if any of you expected to see a completed army any time this decade!

One Long Fang Plasma Gun done.

I went with a sort of green glow for the plasma gun as many people choose blue, but he's already mostly blue!

I quite like the stupidly big weapons, they're just kind of ridiculous so are a lot of fun.

Nothing too fancy on the back, just some lights coloured traffic light style. Don't know why, just 'cos.

The first Long Fang pack will have lightning bolt shoulderpads. I'll let you know about the second pack if/when I eventually get up to them (and think of something).

Hopefully the white/green hugeness of the gun shows up more on the darker board than against the white photo backdrop.

My two Long Fangs and one squashed ratty critter.

And from the other side... You can see all the black undercoated yet-to-be-painted squads there...

Not sure what I'll do next, decisions, decisions, decisions...

Monday, October 21, 2013

Space Wolf Grey Hunter Pack 2

As promised, here are some shots of my Grey Hunter second pack on some scenery.

I tried to take relatively large shots, so you can click on them for more detail. Unfortunately the lighting isn't crash hot, so they're not super distinct, but you'll get the idea!

If you're keen to see individual ones, just browse the blog as they've each had individual pictures taken in the past. 

Here's the whole crew on the Lava board. Nine Grey hunters with a Wolf Guard in Power Armour to lead them. He has a storm bolter and power fist. The special weapons include a melta-gun (on the right) a power-weapon (spear) on the guy next to him and one guy with a mark of the wulfen (wolf helm, second from the left in the back row).

Here they are posed up on a hill...

Here are some slightly closer pics. I've given them each a different close combat weapon so that no two are alike in the pack. I just didn't want them all to have chainswords. 

The bases go nicely with my battle board so although they look a bit boring sometimes in individual shots, they fit well. Now that they're all together, hopefully it's more obvious that the pack leader has a knee pad in the same style as the pack markings on the shoulderpads.

And the other guys...

This angle shows the shoulderpads. I wish I could say that they were all identical, but they're clearly not!

The pack markings are also not all identical, but they're close enough to pass a basic inspection!

And here they are on white backgrounds just because I was enjoying taking photos.

It sort of looks like they're doing some sort of dance... everybody turn...

And back the other way...

Line dancing space wolves!

I'm really glad I stuck to some little idiosyncrasies while putting these together. I like that the heavy weapons guys (melta guns in packs 1 and 2) have the pointy nosed helmets, that the wulfen guys have the wolf helmets, that the pack markings all match etc...

Anyway, I know that some of you can paint a whole pack in the time it takes me to do a single figure, but I'm not in any rush!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Space Wolf Grey Hunter with Chainsword

Haven't had much spare time this last week, so have only finished one troop.
The good news is that it's the last Grey Hunter in Pack 2, so I'll do an updated shot of the whole pack next time I get a chance.

Nothing particularly fancy here, probably took me 3-4 hours, I know, I know, I'm not the speediest painter in the world!

I wanted a bit more colour in the unit, so decided to do some hazard stripes on the chainsword like I've seen other people do. Well, not quite as good as some of the others I've seen, but it captures the idea, and doesn't look half bad from a bit of a distance. 

The brown rope holding the skull to the back of the pack was tricky, but I think I did a better job on this one than the last one I did.

This guy is meant to be sort of striding purposefully forward, either weapon ready to go to action, but eyes are looking in the same direction as the bolt pistol. 

So there we go, my second full squad done! Now just two smaller squads, two long fang squads, some terminators and some scouts to go! 

Looking forward to posing the whole squad together at some stage, quite a nice milestone for me.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thunder and Lightning

Here we have my latest (actually, it's a bonus two for the post of one today).

One Wolf Guard - Terminator Armour - Storm Shield - Thunder Hammer. I really do enjoy the Space Wolf troops. They might be a pain and take forever to do (about eight hours on this guy) because there are so many extra bits and pieces that I want to do well, but still, I really love them!

This is the guy climbing a rock that I quite liked the pose of when I built him. I was concerned about some of the green-stuff and angles, but in the end the paint hid all! As always, I'm not a huge fan of the photo as it makes things just not quite the right colours, too bright and it shows a lot of the line-work that blends so much better at a bit of a distance!

The storm shield is supposed to have some sort of energy field that reasons why it is so effective, so I painted it as though it used similar technology to the other power weapons in the army, with bluey-white lightning.

And there's nothing much to see from the back...

More lightning crackling on the hammer head and you can see the power field emanating from the back of the shield from the emitters there.

And, of course, there is lava down underneath =)

Here he is on the table with the rest of the army faintly visible behind him...

And a whole army shot to show the progress (or lack thereof) since last time.

Oh, and in between the more advanced troops I've been slogging through the Grey Hunter troops as well. Here's a guy with bolt pistol and axe (I actually painted him before the thunder hammer guy). Seven of Nine (haha) in his squad. Number eight is now on my painting table and I'll get onto him as soon as I finish blogging.

Squad 2 pack marking there.

Yikes the axe doesn't look quite so obviously blotchy like that in normal lighting! Honest!

Well there you go, another update to keep me motivated.

Speaking of motivation, my brother has done a bit of painting too...

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Wolf Guard Battle Leader

After testing out my frost weapon effect on the previous space wolf assault cannon and frost sword wolf guard terminator I wanted to tackle my second in command.

My army is split into two halves, one half under the wolf lord, the other under the battle leader. He was one of my favourite poses, so I wanted to do a good job on him. It took hours and hours, but I think I've got him finished to my satisfaction now!

Striding purposefully forward with axes spread... (Don't forget you can click on the pic to make it bigger!)

The graduations on the left frost axe aren't as visible when you're not zoomed right up close, but even so I think I did a pretty neat job even if I do say so myself! I know it's nothing compared to lots of the expert painters out there, but for me I'm really happy with how it turned out!

The rear shows the other frost axe and the wolfy pelt bits.

I really do need to get a better photo system. Don't get me wrong, the milk jug light box is way better than my previous method, but it still washes things a bit too brightly.

I took a shot sort of from above (though he fell forward a bit too far) to give some idea of what you'd more likely see while playing =)

So here are my two commanders!

And my whole army as it is now. I've arranged them so that I can more easily see what I've done and have yet to do. The two leaders are in front. Behind them come the terminator wolf guard (of which I've only painted the assault cannon and frost sword guy. There are four in the first (left hand side) part of the army, three in the second. Behind them are two lots of nine grey hunters, each pack led by a wolf guard in power armour. In between those two squads are the lone wolf (terminator), dreadnought and one or two "spares". Behind the dreadnought are two smaller packs of six grey hunters, each with a wolf guard pack leader. Behind them are two squads of four long fangs (heavy weapons) each with a squad leader. And off in the distance are a drop pod and a pack of scouts, with wolf guard leader.

So, plenty left to paint up! I'm sure I'll run out of puff/interest again at some stage, but at the moment I'm really enjoying the painting. It's easy to squeeze in a half hour a day (or more if I'm lucky).

Friday, September 27, 2013

Another Space Wolf Grey Hunter

To get through all my figures I thought I'd better do some of the more standard troops in between the more fun ones. Having said that, it's not like any of the Space Wolves are plain or boring, there are plenty of bits and bobs on them to paint. I haven't painted any other 40k minis so don't know, but looking in White Dwarf magazines I get the idea that most factions are much more straight forward! The lettering is REGIN which, I presume, is the Hunter's name.

Pack 2 markings on the shoulderpad.

I tried to do some texture/light and dark bands on the sword. Looks a bit rough up close, but isn't so bad for real.

And here's a pic of the whole army so far. As you can see, I'm slowly but surely getting through them. One pack of Grey Hunters is complete (with Wolf Guard leader), the other pack only has three more troops to go until it's done (I've already done their Wolf Guard leader too).

Of course, to depress myself I won't say how many I still have to do!