Sunday, March 30, 2014

Uriel Ventris: Deathwatch Captain!

This post will be highlighting one of my recent paints: Uriel Ventris of the Ultramarines, a Deathwatch Captain!

Uriel Ventris is a flexible military commander who due to the efforts of his mentor, Captain Idaeus, learned to think outside the confines of the Codex Astartes, the masterpiece of Roboute Guilliman and the manual of war that most Space Marine Chapters base their tactics, strategy and organization upon. Ventris appears to be a tenacious and honorable Space Marine who genuinely cares about the well-being of the average Imperial citizen. A notable example of this can be found when he saved Pavul, a member of the Erebus defense Legion, during the Battle of Tarsis Ultra, after he had previously had his life saved by this particular Imperial soldier.
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Captain Ventris eventually is assigned a term of service to the Deathwatch for infractions against the Codex Astartes!

Here is Uriel Ventris in his Deathwatch Terminator armor.  He is currently deployed as a sergeant in the first company, which would have been his role prior to his rise as a captain in the first company.
The Ventris mini with his name on the back of his base!

Sergeant Ventris, deep striking with his terminator squad against some Chaos Space Marines hiding behind some Aegis defense lines.
Cynewolf of the Space Wolves Chapter employs his assault cannon against the foul Chaos Nurgle Space Marines.

Seeing this pic, with the Termies popping in on the Chaos Space Marines (rather unexpectedly), I am sorely tempted to scream, "Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father! Prepare to die!!!"
Ventris is a formidable foe, and it played out this way in this friendly game of 40k!

Friday, March 28, 2014

X-Wing: Battle in the Skies!

Well, with the repaint that I had recently completed on the X-Wing, it wasn't hard to get cajoled into a match!  We ended up inviting a couple of pro-gamers (Rick, and Chris) to come down and show some of the local boys, how to play Star Wars X-Wing!  With the promise of cold sodas and some pizza, they graciously accepted!

Here is a pic of everybody getting together to begin; one thing you gotta love about gaming, is that it is not age specific!  Great time for parents, and grandparents, to connect with their kids!
Chris is giving some basic instructions on moving, allocating your action, and so forth... young jedi-wanna-be's are perking up!
The Asteroids are down, the Ties are now positioned and we are ready to place our academy pilots!
Aside from showing off Chris's very cool "stealth" X-Wing, I was able to get in a rear shot of mine as well.... Go Gavin Darklighter!

Getting some instruction from a pro on how to get our ships in line with each other so we can fight with our "wingman" close!
Looking good mate! Let those ties come in after us now! "Red Five standing by!!!"
"Gulp!" Here comes Vader sneaking around an asteroid!

As you can see by the placement of the ships here, we really got into a pretty messy dog fight!  With some pros piloting the Ties (...and some noobs behind the stick on the X-Wings, B-Wing and Shuttle) it wasn't pretty! But, "hey" we had a good time rolling the dice, eating some pizza and enjoying good company!  Maybe next time I will have the rest of my ships complete... I hear when they are custom painted, they fly better! ;D

Thursday, March 27, 2014

X-wing Repaint!

Recently, I was fortunate enough to play a game of X-Wing.  In preparation for said game, I new that the participants would be bringing their "prepainted" minis... so I took a stab at painting up an X-wing for Gavin Darklighter.

This first pic is of the pre-paint X-wing (on the left) with the regular 'out-of-the-box' model on the right:
It might not be readily visible, but the X-Wing on the right is a shade darker than the one on the left.  I tried to bring out more of the 'white' that I envision the models having like in the movies a grew up watching as a kid.

My repaint (on the left) has the Rogue Squadron markings of "Rogue 5" which (at one point in time) was Gavin's ship!
Side view of the repaint (left) and the model (right) straight out of the box set.
On the back side, my repaint on the left has the 'afterburners on' which I tried to employ with some reds, oranges and yellow. Let me know what you think.
Miss the old X-Wing run on the Deathstar? Here it is!!! :D

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Daemon Prince Dead On!!!

It has been a few weeks since my last post, and feeling much like a kid who has turned in his homework late... I must apologize for my absence (too many "life" things to enumerate) so I will get on with this post, and let you all know "I am back!"

Being terribly excited with so much work to share, I will start out with a recent (one of many) commission jobs completed!

A Chaos Daemon Prince for a Nurgle army which already uses two daemon prince (one green and the other purple), so I decided to go with a third color that would compliment the scheme out:
Frontal Shot with his claws out beckoning his victims near...
(I like the 'glisteney' luster I was able to pull off, kind of a shimmery daemonic look to it and "yes"that is a Tyranid skull on the base!)

His right arm has a demonically possessed daemon claw of some type.

Lots of little tubes, and chaos markings to paint and highlight.
(Dutiflly placed at his left foot is a grey knight's helmet... no doubt lost in battle!)

His "princely" wings which were a rather large surface area to cover... but I am happy with the result!

Final pose: The owner was VERY happy with the final result and offered to pay more than the contracted agreement... (I bartered him down to something more reasonable!)
Tell me what you think! :D