I finished my Deadcember offering. Yes, yes, I know.
Undead are not my thing so it was hard enough to rustle up enough skellies to make up a unit. I had to build a couple of them out of broken ones! And whilst painting it I decided that the slotta base guy in the cloak… he’s probably not a skeleton at all. Anyone know who or what that mini is?
The necromancer / lych / wight / whatever (anyone?) needed a new weapon and a new hand, and I think something has been cut off his hat. He’s wearing a comedy rasta hat version of the traditional pointy-hat because he’s a massively racist necromancer.
Another set of recently painted Space Marines I’ve had sitting on my shelf for a while. Apart from the eyes I’m pleased with these guys. The chap with the sword and shield was a mess, missing his hands, and being thickly coated with paint and glue. The chap with the bionic leg was one of the minis I really wanted when I was a kid, so it’s lovely to have gotten to paint him now. All in all I think these make a convincing and pleasing Honour Guard.
Now this is a squad I’m pleased with. As part of my ongoing project to create an army of Freebooterz, one mob of each type, I present Snagabog’s Bugz.
These were a lot of fun to paint, and aside from the actual Genestealers that I think I should redo, I am well chuffed with how they turned out. I enjoyed making use of various Gaunt bodies from my bits box to make these, I’m sure some purists will argue that termagaunts and hormagaunts aren’t Genestealer but to them I say piffle!
Right, finished basing this squad this evening. I’m not sure how successful this has been. I’ve included WHFB and LOTR figures in this Cultists Squad, and tried to draw the styles together through a uniform colour scheme and spot colours. I think it’s OK, though the drummer with the plumed hat might be a step too far. Still, I think that a group of cultists during a Chaos Uprising could be mixed up, from all backgrounds and social classes and areas of the planet and with differing dress styles. Things I like about this. I love the two old models particularly. The old plastic guards are favourites of mine, and the female guard model is great. I like her mullet! I liked painting a crude Alpha Legion hydra on the drum. I like to think that these cultists are utterly deluded. They think they’re part of the gang, but they’re nothing but fodder, useful idiots. I like the harem pants wearing LOTR guy who looks like Lenin – I gave him a plastic Necromunda arm which I think workds. I’m getting better at green fatigues and caucasian skin painting. Still no good at eyes or hair!
Been a quiet couple of weeks on the posting front. It’s not that I’ve not been doing anything, it’s just that I haven’t gotten anything finished, so nothing to show off really. But I’ve just finished basing this Terminator Assault Squad for my Steel Guard Space Marine army. I’ve used a variety of models, an old lead Grey Knight body for Segeant Rakosi (though I’ve used modern plastic arms so that I can give him a thunder hammer and storm shield), an old lead lightning claws termie, a couple of plastic terminators from mid-late period wh40k, and finally a Dark Vengeance termie that I have given a truly huge thunder hammer for uber-smiting. I’m generally quite pleased with these. I’ve tried a few new-to-me techniques here and whilst none of the actually worked, i can see better how to do it next time. Here’s Squad Rakosi in all their (slightly shabby) glory!
So you buy piles of stuff on ebay but there’s things you’re not really interested in – LOTR miniatures, mid / late period fantasy troops etc. Nobody wants to swap them for anything good, they’re not really worth anything, and you’ve got more than you can imagine ever needing for bitz. My solution has been to band them together as Mutant Gangs. Alpha Legion agents travel the galaxy, seeding corruption and rebellion on every planet they can. As we know from Necromunda, mutants lurk in the underhive, angry and bloodthirsty, just waiting for the spark of revolution to be lit…. Or perhaps these are the scum that lurk in Chaos Barges, pouring forth in their millions during Chaos attacks, each bullet that ends their miserable life another bullet that can’t be used against Chaos Marines or daemons…
Back Row: WHFB Skink – LOTR Orc Halbardier – LOTR Goblin – Genestealer Hybrid – WHFB Skink
Front Row: LOTR Orc – Empire soldier (converted) – Necromunda Ratskin – Skaven / Imperial Guard converstion – WHFB Beastman
I’ve tried to include some narrative touches – for example the front row guy with the axe also has a Chaos Marine bolter, but there’s no clip in the bolter. He’s just showing off something he found but can’t use. Of course, if he’s lucky he’ll die before he gets found by a real Chaos Marine! Likewise, of course, the presence of the hybrid. Masquerading as a mutant during a chaos uprising might be a perfect place to hide until you can breed and pass on the ‘Stealer genes.