Thursday, November 3, 2011

Double Trouble

Two in one week! Crazy! As I said, Etako was done in some random spare time I found myself with. This next one is my Thursday effort for this week, just a generic chainsword Grey Hunter who is, as yet, nameless.

Here he is looking right at camera. I tried to get a pose like maybe he's blocking with his chainsword.

This is straight on to the body, I tried to position the legs and torso as if the weight was towards the boltgun. Perhaps he just fired his gun and is blocking down as he raises it after the shot? You might notice the grenade, the first green I think in all the space wolves so far. Actually I lie, I think one of the lenses on Loki (the venerable dreadnought) is green. Anyway, I was happy with how it came out given I'd not painted one before.

Simple too, though finicky. Knarloc Green then with a tiny brush the raised bits got Camo Green and afterwards a Thraka Green wash.

Company marking side...

Back view, the camera has washed out the highlights on the swordy thing, but it's not really a big deal, nothing fancy there.

Oh, and I used a different Bronze technique this time, I used Boltgun Metal, then Tin Bitz, then Dwarf Bronze. Dunno if it's really any different in the end. Maybe a touch darker. I might practice it a bit more though as it has more layering potential. I find it hard to paint with my bronze, it's very old and been watered down many, many times over the years!

Lastly, here's a squad shot. I've taken out the one guy from the other squad, so this is all legitimate squaddage. Six Grey Hunters with a Wolf Guard leading. I've got an old power-axe that I painted a really long time ago. I have to decide if I want to do another power weapon as I think I can do a better job now. We'll see anyway =)

You can see my super-awesome planning that I do on the paper above. It may be simple, but I find that writing things out first helps me when I put the paint on. Simple tips from White Dwarf magazines. Like starting with the letters in the middle, then the end, then putting the others in to space them well.

So in Etako I did the A, then the E and O, then the T and K last.

Anyway, there you go =)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Etako Ironfist

Well, well, well, what do we have here... some sort of LotR and 40k crossover?

Here's my squad leader for my first pack. He's a wolf guard named Etako. He has one eye and a powerfist. The similarities kinda end there. No axe, instead a combi-melta. Small difference there.

I have a few power armoured wolf guards that I'll use for pack leaders. I had the choice of termie or power armour for them. I do have some in terminator armour, but I like the idea that I can fit Etako and 9 other marines in the squad into a drop-pod or other transport. Also it means that the squad can follow up attacks, I can't remember what that rule is called, where terminators are too slow to do so.

Anyway, without further ado...

No helmet as I needed to show that he had one eye! Also helps keep the "special characters" a little more distinct as all of my normal marines (except for the banner bearer) have helmets.

You can see the left shoulder has the same symbol on it as he's still part of Skodi's army and that's his symbol. I also did the rims of the shoulderpads in bronze instead of the usual silvery/grey.

You can also see that he's on a raised rocky bit to give him a bit of extra height. That and the back banner thing easily differentiate him as different from the other troops.

 The Wolf Guard pack marking that he belongs to is partly covered here, but you can see enough of it. It's yellow with three black triangles, it ends up sort of making an "M" shape. Also here you can see a parchment I added to him. It contains the three rules that everyone he leads must follow. Not sure what the three rules are yet. Something along the lines of "if you're dead, the wounds had better be to your front" "the only good xeno is a dead xeno" "save the big one for me" etc.

And here's his squad. You can see I've put some lava on his base to help match the general lava wolf theme. Oh, and on his knee-pad I've put the pack markings that are on the shoulders of the other guys.

How did I get time to paint him? The lad had a 2 and a bit hour nap the other day when my wife was looking after him so I got a fair bit done then. Since then a few 15-20 minute sessions did each other bit.

Tempted to do a terminator next when I should be working on finishing the other squad members...