Solar Auxilia: Storm Section

Today was a good day, I spent the morning cleaning resin and spraypainting stuff.
Then I went out to Games Workshop and assembled a bunch of things.
Then I spent a couple hours painting…this guy…

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Total painting time: about two hours. I’m pretty happy!

The idea was to switch out for a colour palette I don’t normally use, namely flourescent orange and greys, I wound up using my usual metals and washes over most of it anyway but the orange and the moon-rock dusty basing worked out really nicely!
The photos don’t really do it justice I feel.
I also gave him pupils in his eyes..not that you can see them. Originally they were hilariously wide-eyed and staring off towards the left, like he’d just seen some Shenanigans and was determined to kill it with the pistol. I actually broke down laughing at it after realising how silly it looked, then went and narrowed his eyes with more rakarth to reduce the “kill you with my mind” stare a bit.
I think the result looks good when it’s not in a uber-high resolution photo 😛

Warhammer World!

It’s been a pretty eventful week or two!

I and a friend travelled down to Nottingham to see Warhammer World for the first time.

I’m totally blown away by the experience, it was utterly fantastic.
We did everything but play a game while we were there, I’ve literally got the T-shirt (the burgundy Mechanicum logo one)
Brought back a bunch of “souvenirs” too.
Not started working on them yet but in the bags are:
A pack of Thallaxii with a Photon Thruster to round out my existing squads
A pack of Myrmidon Secutors to expand my existing squad
And a pack of a Solar Auxilia Veletaris Storm Section. I love the look of them and decided I really wanted a squad of them!

They’ll have to wait though, because I’m working my way through a pack of Vorax Battle Automata and Kataphron Destroyers.

I have one of each done!
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Amazingly, I was able to paint the Kataphron in only 25 minutes! This bodes well for getting a whole unit of them together for my Cult Mechanicus forces…

I was also able to get around to painting my Hellbrute conversion shown in my last post.
Thoroughly pleased with the results

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With all the stuff on my plate, you’d think that’d be enough, but after seeing the Warlords that they have at Warhammer World, I’ve also ordered the Head of one to start me off. it should be here Today! (omg, totally forgot it was coming in all the chaos. now I’m gonna have to reorganise my plans for the weekend again :P)
I’m expecting to get the keys to my new flat in the next week or two as well as the Manchester public transport being heavily disrupted for a few months. so my hobby may be likewise disrupted. I do my best work in the store where there’s fewer distractions…

Ah well. it should all work out.
But in any case, after I’m settled into my new place, I intend to order the rest of the Warlord, I’m hoping the specific weapons I want to fit it with will have been released by the time I’m ready for them, I’m planning on the Apocalypse Missiles (confirmed as the next release for it), a volcano cannon, and the Saturnine Claw. (A hellstorm template attack with a powerful melee that re-rolls armour penetration too! picture a blowtorch for a fist, the size of a tank.)

Dark Mechanicum – ‘Uni-nought’

I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while.
The basic premise is in the vein of a dreadnought with a single wheel rather than two legs.

I have an alternate plan in mind later to make a “Treadnought” using the Forgeworld Rapier battery and an ironclad dreadnought.

So, for this project, it’s a simple conversion, I take a Hellbrute, and I take the front wheel off of a Blood Throne of Khorne. and I mash them together…

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Pretty pleased with the results 🙂
Tomorrow I’m going to paint it up! should only take a few hours

Dark Mechanicum Daemon Prince Conversion

Browsing the internet (as one does) for ideas, I ran across some particularly inspiring examples…After a few moments I realised I had nearly all the parts needed in my bitz collection and immediately picked up the last few things needed and cranked out this conversion in two evenings, painted it in an afternoon.

Behold! My Dark Mechanicum Daemon Prince counts-as conversion!

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Icarus Dunecrawler + first of the Electro Priests

After returning from a family reunion, I’ve taken the time to spray up and paint my next Onager Dunecrawler. I had finished its assembly on thursday, sprayed it today and painted it this afternoon!

I’m missing a few details, unit markings and lights for the most part. and a few bits could do with cleaning up. but I’m happy with today’s progress!

Also on Thursday, I painted one of my Electro-Priests. I believe these are the Corpuscarii type, they shoot lighting from their hands and probably make horribly bad puns every time.

Photos To follow!

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I’m also really happy with a tiny little bit of conversion, I drilled out the hatch’s hinge, pinned it and it now opens and closes. I can then put the pintle gunner in if I want to field it that way.

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Another week of Painting

So it’s been a pretty busy week.

The last of the Cult Mechanicus releases came out this weekend and I spent a good deal of time making and painting stuff.
To-wit, I finished my Kastellan robots and their Data-smith, I finally(!) got around to finishing the Onager Dunecrawler. somehow after all that conversion with the Dark Admech stuff I didn’t actually finish painting either of the two I bought for my army…still got the other one to finish assembling but this one’s done

And since we had the fantastic release of the plastic Tech-Priest Dominus kit, I had to do that this weekend 🙂

I’m quite happy with how everything’s turning out.

I’ve acquired the special editions to both Skitarii and Cult Mechanicus codices, serial numbers 32 and 10 respectively 🙂

Painting-wise, I’ve shifted the colours for my Admech. anything new I do will be in blue rather than the red I’ve historically been using. my Tech Guard and 30k admech are in red, the skitarii and cult mechanicum will be mostly blues.
I’ll continue to tie in with red parts here and there, but I want to differentiate my army from the other admech forces out there. with the admech going mainstream (as opposed to the preserve of conversions and theme armies) there’s a lot of people making them now and just being red with white cogs won’t be unusual anymore…
I have my conceits, I like to be different. There are no blue Admech forces in either of the codexes.

Photospam!

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On other news.

Horus Heresy 5: Tempest arrived, I took a good look at the rules for the Warlord
Oh boy XD

For slightly under 3000 points, you get a warmachine that has 30 hullpoints and 6 void shields.

New Titan rules say that the reaver and warlord (and presumably Imperator) can only be hit in melee on a 6 unless you’re a superheavy walker or a gargantuan creature..in which case you hit on a 5.
This represents the fact that there are very few fragile systems at ankle-level and nearly everything there is entirely made out of armor.

No more terminators with thunder-hammers walking up and beating in the titan’s ankles.

The warlord itself is AV15 on front and sides, 14 on the back.
making it utterly immune to anything short of a lascannon unless you flank it, in which case you need a melta gun to do anything.
And if you flank it, you still have to face its tertiary weapon systems. comprising a pair of twin-linked lascannon emplacements at the back, and twin linked mauler bolt-cannons at the front.
Because the giant guns on the arms and carapace are worthless against close-in targets.

Interestingly, the carapace weapons come in pairs. you can’t field it with mixed carapace armaments. no giving it a vortex missile and a laser blaster, it’s two missiles or two laser blasters.

There’s actually a pretty huge array of possible weapons, I’m hoping they don’t leave the options fallow on the store for too long since I have specific ideas about what I want to do with it!
Fortunately, my reaver has sold me entirely on the idea of two apocalypse missile launchers, which I know for certain will be among the weapons on release.

I think I might have to buy the apocalypse templates…

And to show off my current project…

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Kastelan Robots and Warlord Titan

I finished the paintjob on my first Kastelan today.
It still needs markings and insignia but the actual paintscheme is done.

For bonus points, on saturday I was able to finally get around to painting my Titan Princeps in honor of the announcement of the new Warlord Titans

Enjoy the pictures!

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After a lot of hopping up and down in joy over the Warlord’s debut at Warhammer World this weekend (they had FOUR of them in the displays!) I’ve made the dubiously sane decision to buy one.

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The price-point is estimated at £1200. easily twice as much as the Reaver. I’m hoping that includes the weapon systems, because Reaver weapons run at about £50 each and spending another £200 on top of the base cost would be pushing it.

I’ve already preordered Horus Heresy Book 5 (which contains the rule-set for the Warlord)

I estimate that constructing and painting the Warlord will take me about five months. maybe less if I’m really on the ball. I’m going to be taking everything I’ve learned building Meliora Bellator and applying it to this project.
We’re talking heavy use of pinning and bolts. countersinking magnets into the shoulders. stuff like that.
My reaver is adaptable, I can swap out any of the weapons, however the power fist is a chore to deal with, requiring power tools to remove it safely.

At any rate, spreading the £1200 price-tag over five months averages out at £8 a day. I think I get good value for money! And the biggest and baddest war machine anyone can bring to bear in Manchester’s gaming community, full stop. So there’s that too!

For bonus points, my house-mate has been infected by the same madness as me and has also pledged to buy a warlord. So we’ll be sharing resources and tools. as well as experiences in the process.

After news got around at my local store, I’ve already received a preemptive Challenge from store staff for a 10k point battle in which both warlords face down an entire armoured company of Guard.
I fancy my chances…

New Cult Mechanicus!

Oof. Games Workshop saw me buy a reaver and said “That guy!. He’s our audience. lets make everything he can afford and drip feed it to him for a couple months until he’s broke, tired and happy.”
First they hit me with Skitarii in seven different delicious flavours that I was powerless to resist…

Now they’re releasing Cult Mechanicus stuff.
A plastic Techpriest!
Tracked weapon servitors!
Electropriests (in two different flavours!)
and in an odd move, the biggest is first.

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The Kastelan (with a K, because of Koolness Faktor) Battle Automata.
Distinct from the Forgeworld Castellax mostly by dint of slavishly following the design of the original Rogue Trader Castellan.
Frankly I think it looks adorable. That bullet-head with the Butt-face. The bobbly 50s era robot design is great!
I’m not totally sold on the weapons though.
The carapace weapon is on a mounting straight out of rogue trader. it looks far too under-engineered to mount the gun safely.
So for my Kastelans I will take out that green-stuff pipe-maker and build up the mountings with cable trunking and fuel hoses.
I may also move the ammunition storage for the guns down to the waist or at least backpack. seems weird having them exposed and just…hanging there on the side of the gun. at least have them underneath the center-line to reduce structural stresses!

The other weapons are replacements to the power fists, a pair of heavy Phosphor cannons (counts as one twin linked weapon) which jutt oddly from the ends of the arms.
I have Visions of this thing moving around with arms horizontal, spraying everything with burning jets of white phosphor. I think for mine I’ll paint the areas near the gun with white dry-paint to suggest residue from the guns

Rules-wise (white dwarf of course) they’re pretty hardcore. The base weapons loadout is two power fists and a flamer with the Torrent rule.
I am totally okay with this flamer.
More than okay. I may be rubbing my hands, there may be some glee involved.
Other armaments are a Heavy Phosphor Cannon (pretty much exactly the same rules as a Mauler Bolt cannon with the addition of the -1 cover that the Enhanced Targeting Module upgrade on the Castellax provides.
It’s not as accurate with it, but that’s okay.
because you can swap out both power fists for a twin linked version of the same gun. This means that you can fire 3 shots, re-roll misses. then fire another 3 shots that aren’t re-rolled…
with the stats of a mauler bolt cannon.
You want to woodchip space marines? A six bot unit of these guys with three datasmiths will run you easily 1000 points with upgrades. But I would so delight in doing this…XD
They’re not as durable as the Castellax, but they pump out twice as many shots and reroll half of them with the right upgrades.
That’s worth it.
And if you don’t want to spend 90 points on upgrades for the six bots. their standard armament lets them stroll up to tanks and tear them apart, or pour enough torrent fire onto a unit to reduce any blob of units to..well..blobs of tallow.

I have my first box of them in the mail. I think I’ll like them 🙂

I also have a Warp-Smith on order in the same package. so my Dark Mechanicum constructs will have some company soon!

In actual hobby news..

I have been constructing the Tech Thralls I originally bought during the week Skitarii were announced.
I had no idea Skitarii were coming and shelled out for a Knight Castigator and a box of Tech Thralls…
Neither had any work done on them for a few weeks!

In any case. Here is my completed demi-Maniple of Thralls.

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The keen eyed may note that the bases look bigger than usual.
A friend repaid me with some 32mm bases for an unspecified debt (I’m a generous soul!) and I decided to put my tech thralls on them.
Only one thrall is on a 25mm base, the one I managed to get painted before skitarii monopolised my time and resources, I think I may investigate those after-market base extenders and see if I can bring him up to scale with the others.
I like the size of base. it takes the already quite chunky model (photos don’t quite do justice to the models!) and gives it a sense of volume bigger than it is. They feel much nicer to handle on the bigger bases. More room for scenic stuff too, though I didn’t do that in this case.
I think I need to start carrying my basing kit with all the gravel and gribblies in my paintbox with the rest of the hobby gear, just so I don’t leave bases featureless like this in future.

I think I’m going to need to buy another box of these to round out the squad (or allow me to make two smaller units!)
My recent Heresy era game (Iron Warriors and admech vs Eldar, 2000 points a side, 2v1) demonstrated I need the ability to hold objectives securely. Thallaxii are not intended to sit on objectives. they should be bounding forward to strike with their short ranged armaments.
Tech Thralls are going to do that job nicely. their carapace armour and FnP rolls will make them robust enough to be hard to shift once they get into cover.

Another Dark-mech Dunecrawler!

Since the first one was such a roaring success, I decided to build it a brother!

Nothing much to say on construction, it’s pretty nigh identically built.
I had to buy a bunch more stuff to do it, but I’m not the slightest bit regretting the decision 😛
Bonus points: I get a new Deathstrike to pair with the first one!

I’ll figure out what to do with two helldrakes worth of wing and head parts later.
Maybe some terrain pieces…

Pictures!

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the new one is the one on the left with the silvery base rim.

As far as painting went: I didn’t quite manage to keep the smoothness on the plates. I think that was my primary mistake, the result looks like it has too much paint on it.
I added too much typhus corrosion to the model and it gave it a grainy effect all over.
Should of just done it on the exposed workings and left the plates alone.
Ah well, live and learn, maybe if I make another I’ll remember this 😛

I’m thinking I need a warpsmith to go with these guys 🙂