Monday, June 16, 2014

Deep-striking Drop Pod... Damaging!

No question that the "fluff" behind Space Marines can make them especially devastating when it comes to the drop pod action!  With virtually every walking thing (including dreadnaughts) having access to drop pods, it is almost too hard to resist at times, putting one's whole army in drop pods, and raining down on an unmitigating foe!

With an opportunity to complete a drop pod for the Inquisition's Deathwatch, I jumped at the chance!  However, I was sorely tempted to just dry-brush the inside and forgoe doing any detail in there; happy to say I resisted the temptation... you'll have to let me know whatchya think!
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Landing on the field of battle! *Kathwamp!*

Unsuspecting Xenos, upon closer inspection might ask, "I wonder what is inside?"

"Ooh! Look at that golden eagle with the pretty book and sword!"
(proffered I their own language of course!)

Details of the inside: yes, I went ahead and painted all the tubes, and the screens, and all the little buttons, etc... so glad I did!

"In the name of the Emporer... you shall be vanquished foul denizon!"
Screams Sergeant Jagatun of the White Scars, as he disembarks.

Panning away to see some of the Deathwatch Marines disembarking...

...a full cadre of Deathwatch coming out with their nasty bolters equipped with M-40 targeters and special ammo!  Battle-brother Maxximion Voss of the Ultramarines steps out with his Heavy Bolter, while Alvarax of the Howling Griffons sports his plasma gun!  Now you know... xenos filth, what this pod contains!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Torias Telion: Sniper Extraoridinaire!

After posting the scout snipers recently completed, it is most noteworthy to mention their fearless leader: Sergeant Torias Telion!  He is the epitome of what every warrior should strive to be, both in hand-to-hand combat, as well as being a ranged threat!  With over three decades of service under his belt, in addition to his numerous accolades while in service, he has continued to refuse repeated attempts at pulling him into the elite first company.  Instead, he continues to remain in the scout companies encouraging his neophytes to exceptional service.  On one occasion, while addressing his charges assigned him in the tenth company, he reportedly uttered the following:

"Forget all your preconceptions of war, of battle-lines clashing in the churned ground. Your mission is to attack before the foe even realises that the war has begun, to strike hard at those vital weaknesses that all armies possess, but that no commander will admit to. Under my tutelage you will learn how to seek out such fragilities and smite them with every weapon at your disposal. Master these duties and I will have nothing more to teach, and you will truly be a Space Marine."

Sergeant Torias Telion, with his special customized Stalker Pattern Bolter with digital eye-scope, and custom fit silencer.

I really wanted this unique character to stand out, while fitting in with his sniper team; the simple white trim on his cloak, and red bolter seemed to tease out these elements without over-doing it.

The cammo cloak was especially fun to do, kudos to the sculptor for "tossing" his cloak over his shoulder to display his Ultramarine pride!

Sergeant Telion with his scout sniper squad.
Found this acrylic of Telion using his "voice of experience" from tutzdes.
To get the full background behind Sergeant Torias Telion of the Ultramarins,
jump to this link: Torias Telion
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

More Scout Snipers...

Scout Snipers are not effective unless they have a means of taking care of "bigger" issues... in order to accommodate for unforeseen issues that can potentially take out an entire unit, it is always nice to have a "bigger" gun!

This post has an additional scout sniper that was completed for the commissioned squad that has already been posted, but includes the Heavy Missile Launcher that will be added to the squad.  This sniper from the Imperial Fists chapter has anti-personnel, anti-tank, and anti-air missiles to fit all of your battlefield needs!

Big guns on the field!

With the targeting device this scout sniper has, little has chance of escaping his deadly cadre of missiles that he carries!

With both night vision, and heat-sensing goggles on, this scout sniper is sure to detect his target whatever the environment!

With camo-cloak rolled up, and ready for movement, this sniper is ready to creep in to position and wait... for YOU!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Savvy Scout Snipers!

Savvy Scout Snipers: Not sure exactly why, but I have always thought the Scout Snipers for the Space Marine armies were dough!  Perhaps it is because of my personal experience serving in Marine Recon, or some of my Scout Sniper buddies in the Corps... but regardless, they are just Baaaad dudes!

I was a little concerned about the color scheme in order to incorporate them into the Deathwatch with appropriately colored attire, while maintaining the integrity of their cammo uniforms and then it hit me... duh!  *Shazam* Urban cammo!

Scout Snipers sighting in on their targets, ready to pull the trigger!

Was a bit nerve-wracking to get the urban 'grey' cammo cloaks completed, but after I finished the first one and saw how cool he turned it, I was motivated to knock out the second one! The interior red, was a perfect finish to the Deathwatch black, red and gold color scheme.  Can't wait to see them on the battlefield!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Wonderful Wolf-Guard Rune Priest!

Truth be told, I have been able to get quite a bit of work completed during my brief hiatus; and this post was supposed to be a ways out... but he turned out too cool to not share him!  I have been completing a series of projects for different clients, but the Space Marine Deathwatch army has been a true joy!  Comprised of different Space Marines from different chapters, it makes the fun, fluff and flair to fun to ignore!

This is a Space Wolf Rune Priest that was completed, which has been seconded to the Deathwatch to serve over a kill team.  Shredding his Space Wolf Grey, and donning the Deathwatch Black is especially hard for the Sons of Russ, but they never ignore there call to serve!  The model is actually a converted Njal Storm caller from third edition... and here he is!
I love the dynamic spell casting pose of this model!  (I wonder if this is where Gandalf got his dramatic pose for the movie because this model predates him!)

I was a little trepidacious about the runes on his armor and staff (I have painted this mini before), but I am pleased with the results! :D

 With all of the wolf tassels and pelts, it was a bit nerve-wracking to get the blends on the fur as I like them... but after patiently working through them, I think the effect is worth the effort!  What do you think?

Friday, May 30, 2014

Jazzy-Jazz: Jain Zar

With the advent of 7th Ed. here, I thought I would reach into my 40k archives and post some pics of some of the work I have done in past months for 40k clients.  Today's post is none other than Jain Zar, the "Storm of Silence!"  Arguably one of the best all-time hand-to-hand combat characters since 2nd ed., this blademaiden still packs a serious punch, and still strikes fear in the opponent when she enters the battlefield!

The Fearsome Jain Zar, Storm of Silence with her Mask of Kaine, Blade of Destruction, and her deftly dance of death!

The Blademaiden with her troop of Howling Banshees!

A pic taken from the perspective of some poor Imperial Guardsman, ducking behind some crates hoping that these futuristic she-elves glide by... and leave him alone!

Another angle of the Banshees; their masks are uniquely fitted to amplify the scream of a female elder warrior, emitting a psionically paralyzing shriek to the target!

...another ammo crate perspective!

The Banshee Exarch deftly defending her Banshee mistress from a hail of bullets!
Hope you enjoyed these mistresses of death!
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Friday, May 23, 2014

Helloooooo Heldrake!

Today's post is a recently completed commission job for a client who did NOT want to paint all of the veins on this magnificent Heldrake model from Games Workshop!  Truthfully, I accepted the assignment with a bit of reticence and a sigh, but after I got cranking on it, was oooh so fun!  Hope you like the results!
The Heldrake finished with all of it's metal veins and rivets gleaming!

Going through the painstaking effort of getting some base gold from P3 Paints!

Dry-brushing on some detail to one of the talons.

Side view of this screaming monstrosity!

Catching all of the cool detail on the many fins; all of the layering of ribs and fins were definitely a challenge, but proved worth the effort!

Combination of dry-brushing, highlighting, washes, and glazing gave this effect!

Right side view... such a cool model!

Screeching as it circles in towards its victims.

Close-up view of the head; notice the digital red-eye, the green acid in the venom spitter, and the pink on the techno-lash-tongue-thingy!

Definitely no fun facing this thing on the battlefield! (I know... I have had to do it!)

Ariel view of the head.

Ariel view of the back, showing off some of the detail.

Look at that wing span!

Transitioning to the battlefield... awesome!

What a terrorizing model to place on the field! It definitely makes you sweat because you know the commander is going to spit venom on your troops, roll the dice to wound and then say, "Pick'em up!" because MOST models get no armor save! Ick!!!

Here is the final pic: really enjoyed this project, and the final result was soooo worth the sweat.  Please go and vote for him at:
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Definately a Defiler!

With the advent of 7th edition Warhammer 40,000 just around the corner, my commission work centered around this great table-top game has definitely picked up!  This post is in regards to a commission job of a Chaos Defiler, that I had to convince myself was okay to paint (being a Greyknight player myself... I did not want to become corrupted by the warp!); and I must say that I am rather pleased with the results:

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The client wanted the Gold and Black look with battle damage and some use...
Laying down a basecoat of black and gold served to allow the dry-brushing of silver coupled with a series of dirty washes to achieve this.

What would the claws be without a little blood on them?

A twin-linked autocannon definitely causes troops to think twice about taking on this monstrosity!
All the little cogs, joints, pistons, and pneumatics made it challenging to 'cover' as a painter...
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but the result was rather satisfying!  A little Citadel Sabarite Green in strategic places makes the gold and copper look rusted out...

A studio shot...

Followed by a battlefield shot!
Thanks for letting me paint this Michael! Was truly a fun project!
Any comments and/or questions regarding this project, feel free to post them!
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