Wednesday, October 26, 2011


The post title is meant to be a sort of howling sound. Obviously I thought it didn't do a good enough job in words, so explained it for you =)

It's taken me two weeks (had a big assignment to do, lawns to mow and there was the matter of the Orcs that Must Die) but I've finished my first wulfen troop.

The Wulfen guys are meant to have been given slightly over too much to the crazy blood inside them. As a result in close combat they are overwhelmed by psychoness and go all out at the enemy, losing control over themselves in the process. To sort of show that, I've given them the wolf style helmets, lots of fur and two guns instead of a close combat weapon.

Rather than using a sword or axe etc. they just drop their guns when close enough and go mental with cybernetically and DNA enhanced power suited fist and boot to baddie action.

Here's the front view...

And here's looking down the barrel of the gun (if I was a modelling and painting genius I'd put some smoke coming from the barrel of the raised gun as though he'd just finished firing it before starting with the pistol.)

Oh, and the wulfen guys I've also modelled with the wolf skull embossed shoulderpad. You can see faint triangular stripes on the fur, they're even more subtle in real lighting, but help break up the otherwise fairly uniform expanse of the fur.

Lastly, the pack marking side. All in all, not a brilliant paint job, but not too bad, especially given the way I tend to do a couple minutes here and there rather than having a chance to sit down and spend a good chunk of time.

Well, that brings my first pack of marines to five guys! Just three "normal" guys, a power weapon and the pack leader to go!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Grey Hunter Melta

Well, I know it's not Thursday, but we've had some timetable shifting this week, so here's the effort for this week a little early, the first squad's melta gunner.

I had a friend ask about the scale, so to reiterate how small these are I'm holding him. When I see the photo's I amaze myself, and I'm only an average painter! The pics you see on other blogs and particularly in White Dwarf magazine and stuff are truly phenomenal when you see highlights and stuff on such tiny, tiny things!

I'm holding these right under the light, so they don't look as good, the highlights are way off to under natural light, but it's night time so little option there.

Anyway, here's my new melta-gunner. Pack marking side...

It's amazing how long it takes to do these with all the little furry bits, trinkets and other additions that aren't on "normal" marines. Back with some of the other shoulder pad showing...

Front on. Note that I'm using the beak style helmets (I'm sure there's an official name for them for people who know what they're talking about!) for the special gunners (plasma, melta etc.)

And just for fun, here they are so far. Note that I painted the melta in the same way on the troop as I did on the dreadnought, with the red cylinder thing with yellow bits on it. I quite enjoy little touches like that. Also you can see that the bit of the gun that their left hand supports is always in brass. I'm hoping that they look just a little more "together" with those touches. 

And here they are from the front. It's nice to have enough guys that I feel like I'm actually adding to a small force with each guy I finish now. It's also sort of fun to see the pack markings on the shoulders all looking the same to tie them all in. I think next up I'll paint my Mark of the Wulfen guy, so look for him late next week!

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Another babysat Thursday, another marine done!

I'm surprisingly happy with the face, normally I find them the weakest part, but I quite like the job I did here. Again, the photo is taken a little too close to the light bulb so it's a bit glary.

Here's the banner bearer. Not entirely happy with the black wolf on the banner, I think it's just too plain.

Rear view, only ever seen by his packmates, the enemy will only ever see the front of him as he charges in bolter blazing...

I'm quite happy with the purity seal on this one too, got the little scorched brown squiggles nice and fine.

And the pack markings don't look too terrible this time, though still so hard to get the red and black triangles right on a curved surface!

Well, until next Thursday's paint session...