If my gangs want to establish their notoriety in the Underhive they’d better not go embarrassing themselves by getting lost, falling into a crevasse or blundering aimlessly into the lairs of any savage beasts. What they need is someone who can guide them through the cramped tunnels and gloomy depths in exchange for a modest share of any loot, yet who lacks the guile to successfully sell them out to their rivals. We need a dome runner and this chap looks like the very man.
In the long run I’ll be creating a pool featuring all of the hangers on to be available to my gangs, plus some hive scum, bounty hunters, downtrodden civilians and whatever else I can come up with.
So enthused am I by all things Space Marine following the successful completion of my first tactical squad that I decided to break into the bits box and assemble the rest of the assault marines. Last time we saw them (back in – gulp – November) two of the assault squad were done and looking for paint. By way of a quick reminder here they are;
And here we have the new additions, starting with this chap in his traditional assault marine corvus pattern helm.
Here’s another of his battle brothers.
Finally here’s the squads sergeant, a suitably bellicose and angry looking man ready to dish out the Emperor’s mercy with a damn big sword.
No promises on when these chaps will see paint, as I’m juggling quite a few other projects (as per usual) but having the whole squad ready to go may help give me a push.
Ok readers, lend me your brains (or at least your sense of aesthetics). A couple of weeks ago I showed you a work-in-progress conversion of Grendl Grendlsen, the Squat bounty hunter from Necromunda. To recap, for those who can be bothered to read one of my rambling blog posts but draw the line at two; because I can’t afford to buy everything that takes my fancy, and because I had the bits needed to make a passable version of Grendl handy, I decided to make my own kitbashed version of him rather than shell out for the official model. When I showed him here the first time the overwhelming response was “get that hammer out of his face!” Pretty much everyone was in agreement, his hammer – held high and at an awkward angle, blocked the viewers’ sight of his face and didn’t look all that comfortable for the little chap to hold either.
Here’s a reminder of how he looked then.
Since then I’ve been exploring possible solutions and as it stands there are two, rather different poses to choose between. In one Grendl rests the hammer on the ground whilst surveying the lie of the land, perhaps casting an expert eye over potential ambush sights that the inexperienced gangers he’s fallen in with might soon blunder into, or pausing mid-battle to check on how the rest of his crew are fairing and call out some helpful advice.
In the other Grendl is all action. Insert a bellow of “Forwards lads! Charge!” as our small but plucky protagonist leads his mates into the fray.
The question is, which do you like better? I can’t be trusted on this one clearly so I’m agog for your feedback.
Killing two birds with one stone here my next contribution to the corrupted civilians of the Nestorian Infestation is also part of my goal for Fembruary. For those who’ve not heard of it yet Fembruary is the creation of Alex at Leadballoony, a chance to add some models with a second X chromosome to our collections, challenge some of the male dominated stereotypes surrounding our hobby and remind ourselves that when it comes to brutal warfare in the 41st Millennium, the Mortal Realms or anywhere else for that matter, girls are just as entitled to get stuck in as boys. To quote Alex himself is a chance for us…
” …to collectively challenge the male domination of our collections, and commit to painting some female miniatures for a change… Sisters of Battle and/or Silence, Witch Elves, Sorceresses, Inquisitrixes, Escher gangers, Daemonettes and Shield Maidens – whatever female minis you have on the to-do list, I challenge you to bump them to number one in the queue for the month and get some paint on ‘em… Let’s do something cool ok? Ok??? Ok. “
The first lady I’ll be adding to my collection then is this Imperial huntress, sent to infiltrate the genestealer infested world of Efesos VI and kill any targets of opportunity – including Nestorian himself if the chance arises. Like everything else in the Imperium it seemed likely that numerous different departments and Inquisitorial ordos would have an interest in Efesos VI, probably all without any knowledge of each other, and so there was no reason to assume that just because one Imperial force is inbound there aren’t others already in play.
Of course with the arrival of the Deathwatch as part of the Nestorian Infestation game itself she may have been rendered rather superfluous but, assuming she doesn’t catch a bullet mid battle, if things go against the Imperial counter-invasion at least they can take comfort knowing there are still agents of the Golden Throne at work in the shadows.
It’s been a week since my bold assertion that I would paint a bloat-drone in the month of October and the question on everyone’s lips is; how much have I managed? For the uninitiated October has come to mean Dreadtober as hobbyists attempt to get their unloved Dreadnaughts finished before the start of November. Anything of roughly dreadnaught-sized proportions is welcome, with carnifexs, dreadknights, helbrutes and – in my case at least – bloat-drones all welcome. If you have a dreadnaught shoved to one corner of your painting desk it’s not too late – this could be its moment.
I’ll confess that much as I enjoy Dreadtober I actually hate posting WIP images of part-painted models, especially when they’re frozen in the moment when the first basecoats have been applied but the washes are still waiting in the wings and the whole model is a shoddy mess of flat panels and ugly colours. Nonetheless regular progress updates are very much in the Dreadtober spirit so I shall grit my teeth and reveal the current state of the bloat-drone to the world.
As you can see it’s not looking its best yet but you can’t pretend I didn’t forewarn you of that!
The khornate helbrute, originally painted for the 2015 Dreadtober, is also at a less than prepossessing stage, its flaying arms repaired and – hopefully – upgraded with garish lumps of greenstuff (hence the black and white image).
Still lots to be done before the end of the month then but progress is underway at least.
Starting work on a little foray into throne-loyal power-armour. Although historically my preference for astartes has always leaned heavily towards the servants of chaos the chance to start a small collection of truescale marines was too good to pass up. Probably won’t do much more for a little while as so many other projects are jostling for attention but wanted to do a little kitbashing to test the waters, starting with this assault marine. As ever feedback is more than welcome.