So this is my latest piece of terrain. I’ve been working on it for quite some time, put it down, broke bits off, left it for a while, came back to it. The usual. My experience of model-making is limited, so this is part of the learning curve. My earlier buildings were quite basic, and I wanted to make something that looked a bit more like I’d given it some effort. I learned a fair bit on this. Firstly, that attaching heavy plastic bits to a light polystyrene base won’t last long. Secondly, I learned a fair bit about basing. You can, I am sure, see from the photos that I changed direction very early into adding sand and static grass to the base. Still, the next one will be better, and meanwhile this looks like the sort of place Rogue Traders hang out in. Hope you like it.
‘e duz tricks, ‘e blows things up wiv ‘is mind, ‘e’ll make yer grotz widdle ’emselves!
Nargob is a Weirdboy who really enjoys being weird. Where most weirdboyz are looking for an excuse to go and sit somewhere quietly out of the way, Nargob is looking for a war to fight. He gets a thrill out of seeing how much power he can channel. He particularly enjoys overloading over psykers and causing their heads to explode. Long ago he left his minders behind and disappeared off in search of bigger and better battles, and along the way he has picked up a load of madboyz who sing and chant for him, doing tricks and pratfalls. They travel from waaagh to waaagh, performing for da boyz and searching for psykers that Nargob can pit himself against. He’s not found his match yet!
Nothing for months and months and then I finish two things in quick succession! I’m quite pleased with this Rhino, considering that it is built from spare parts. The main chassis and both side constructs all came from different rhinos previously built and then wrecked by hobbyists of yore. I think I’ve covered most of the imperfections pretty well! The biggest issue I had, aside from getting the mix-n-match parts to fit together, was when I sprayed it grey. I’d heard about what can happen if you spray in a damp environment, but hadn’t really taken it in. I won’t be making that mistake again!
I’ve assigned this Rhino to the 3rd Company, where it will be a dedicated transport for an assault squad.
Good afternoon everyone, here’s a second set of Space Marine Honour Guard to follow the one I did a few months ago. It started as an excuse to renovate Honoured Brother Asmir, who I’ve posted before very early in this blog. Asmir got himself broken, so he needed a repair job, which I used as an excuse to put him on a base and slightly improve the paintjob. The other two are some of my favourite RT period Space Marines. The chap with the bionic bits is a a fantastic model, I’m counting that odd sword as a relic blade! The Ultramarines Captain is another great miniature, but it took so long to paint.
One muddy afternoon on a battlefield on a planet called Laroche, on the edge of the Coronid Deeps, a Mek called Wazguk and a Runtherd called Skumsol, met for the first time as they took shelter in a crater. Wazguk complained that his Warboss wouldn’t let him use a Shokk Attack Gun. Skumsol complained that his Warboss wasted perfectly good Snottyz on mine clearance. At that moment an idea was born. Shortly after this the two of them said “sod dis lark” and nicked off with a shuttle, whatever raw materials they could pilfer, and a Painboy called Gutz who caught them nicking some bitz and fancied coming along for the ride. Since then Wazguk has been building artillery pieces, Skumsol has been breeding the bravest Snotlings he can, and Gutz has been trying to work out how to wire Grotz into a Dred.
I’ve been working on these on and off for a few months now. I’m pretty pleased with them. A nice mix of Oldhammer and Newhammer models that work well together. The biggest problem was painting Snotlings. I got so bored. There were going to be 8 Snotling bases involved but after four, like the Oddboyz, I said sod dis lark.
So I finished this gang a couple of months ago and didn’t take photos at the time because I wasn’t too happy with them. But after a couple of months sitting on the shelf I have decided to take pictures, explain the problems, and move on.
Actually it should be clear what I’ve done wrong here… I’ve mixed periods too much. From Space Hulk to Rogue Trader to Space Hulk 3rd Edition is too much. The difference in scale and quality between the 1st Edition and 3rd Edition makes the 1st Edition Terminator look too small and too square. It really emphasises the limitations of plastic models back then, and I’m not a skilled enough painter to cover it up. I think in future that I will not mix such a wide range of models in one squad.
So it’s been a bit quiet from me in December. December is a busy month for us all, but I got some painting done. I finished two things since I last posted, and to tell the truth I’m not really happy with either of them. In neither case do I think I’ve improved on my earlier work. Still, that’s not the end of the world and after a week or two of them sitting on my shelf I’ve decided to add them to the blog anyway.
First up is another Steel Guard tactical squad. This is 4th Company I Tactical Squad. Led by Veteran Sergeant Sakhalin, a lovely Rogue Trader era mini, mostly this squad are old plastics.
After reading a comments conversation on someone else’s blog, I painted the edges of the bases brown this time and I have to admit that I think this is the best way of basing I’ve seen so far.
Next up is a unit of Imperial Guard. I’m more used to painting traitors and cultists, and found this lot hard work. The unit consists of a standard bearer and his bodyguards, and 2 heavy weapons squads. Mostly these are Rogue Trader models. I am a huge fan of the RT plastic Guardsmen – though when I was a kid I thought the very boring. The injured guard is a great sculpt, a real pleasure to paint. The guard with the plasma gun had damage to his face which I have tried to paint as a scar, with only limited success. I hate painting eyes – the good eyes in this unit, on the missile launcher guard, were done by the original owners.
I’ve recently finished painting the final squad of the Steel Guard 2nd Company. Well, I finished it a couple of weeks ago but I didn’t get around to photographing it until today. But if you want to see what an entire company looks like you’re going to have to wait another day or two. First of all I am indulging the spirit of Rogue Trader and Oldhammer.
Presented below is a Rogue Trader Marine Army (with a few 2nd ed. marines hanging out too). These are all the RT-era Marines in the company. I know the photo isn’t very well taken, but I reckon this would look damn fine on the tabletop. I hope you agree!
Oh, a squat warlord and a servitor have slipped in there too. Just because that’s what happens in Rogue Trader.