Dawn's Lament ... Knight Archeron WIP

Warhammer 40,000 – I recently found a good deal on ebay for a Knight Archeron to add to my collection. This will be my fourth Knight. With all of them I've avoided aligning them with a house. I think Freeblades make more sense to travel from warzone to warzone. As such I've been keeping the colors in the same pallet for each so even though they are unique individuals they still look good with the rest of my forces.

My other three Knights don't use yellow other than as an accent color. So for this one I decided doing a bright yellow monster would be fun. I've also always loved the scheme for the Lamenters so I figure this will be a chance to incorporate that black and white check pattern with the yellow background.

Assembly was pretty straightforward, the seller I got this from lost the instructions and didn't have the original bag so I had to wing it putting the thing together. Luckily many of the parts are similar looking to the other Knights so I was able to fumble through and make it look like the photos I've seen. I'm pretty happy with the results. It was surprising to me at how tall this is compared to my other Knights, which makes sense with the flank speed special rule it has.

The flamer is a god send. Lately I've been playing against chaos cultist spam and have been having issues with them outnumbering the amount of shots I can put out over the course of a game. My opponent is also playing the list from Imperial Armour 13 that using random leadership, somehow he's always at a nine or ten with these fanatics so they're not break to massive casualties.

With this massive Hell Storm template I should be able to clear the table of the ravening hordes that I've been having issues with in these Maelstrom games.


Fried Chicken ... Hell Drakes Complete

Warhammer 40,000 – I just wrapped up a group of three Hell Drakes for my Chaos Cultist Client. He wanted them to match the rest of his force with a basic three color plus wash level of detail. When I got these from him they were assembled and primed with a light coat of paint. 

The models were pretty straight-forward to paint up using a red base, brass edging and some bone color for the talons. After a quick wash they were just about done. To make telling them apart easier on the tabletop I painted the eyes and bale flamer different colors on each. It's really subtle but if he needs to he'll be able to differentiate them. In 40K you use tokens more often than not that are placed on the model. 


The End is Nigh ... maybe?

Warhammer 40,000 – Chaos Cultists have become the bane of my existence. Although I shouldn't complain work is work. My client continues to find good deals on cultists which turns into more cultists on my table. This latest batch has 71 of them.

If this job has taught me anything it's that even the most interesting models can start to look boring given enough of them. Which is depressing since the latest batch my client did some nifty conversion work to make the models look different. Given the limitations he had with the sculpts I think he did a pretty good job.

These are my basic three color paint with a wash that seems to be super popular with the 40K players. I've been told my prices are better than some other companies with a better turn-around time. I'm not really sure since I haven't looked into it but my clients are happy and my workflow is steady.


On the painting table ... Relic Sicaran

Warhammer 40,000 – Recently I found a really good deal on a Relic Sicaran Tank on ebay so I decided to add to my collection of Forgeworld items. The Sicaran is a nifty fast tank that has a serious rate of fire and can be upgrade to not to shabby armour. It's pretty reasonably pointed as well and since I love to run Techmarines I can run it with my Landraider Achilles in a fairly balanced 2,000 point list. 

The model had the expected amount of flash for a Forgeworld piece. Mine had some bent gun barrels which require heating and rebending and one of the lascannons was missing the site fin. I haven't decided if I should fix it, just trim the other one off, or call it battle damage. After washing all the mold release off I tracked down a video showing how to put the thing together (because mine didn't come with instructions and oddly enough they don't have them as downloadable on their website). I dry fit everything before busting out the glue, my previous experience of holding multiple parts together with wet glue because they didn't fit flush has taught me to take the time to be sure before I glue.

Thankfully all the tracks come as one piece on this model so it's really simple to put together. I had the whole thing done in an evening with only small chunks of skin missing from my fingers. (I kid, I kid, it was more like a lizard skin of gorilla glue over most of my digits. Neat trick baby oil and a green scrub pad takes it right off with minimal discomfort).

Once it was all together I primed it and used the Montana Gold spray paint I found to put down a layer of purple for a base. After a second layer of purple and a wash I was ready to do some edge highlighting and get it ready to play. I still have some work to do on it and decals to apply by at this point I can at least get it on the table matching the rest of my force.


On the painting table ... Dark Master

Warhammer 40,000 – Finally I'm through the bulk of the cultists for this chaos space marine commission I've grinding away at. Now I'm starting to see some of the more interesting models for the force. First on the table is Belakor. This nasty beast has a data sheet that allows you to use him as an HQ choice in a chaos space marine or chaos daemon list. A flying monsterous creature with invisibility can ruin your day if you're not expecting it. So my client obviously wants him as a center piece for his army.

So far I've got the colors blocked in, washes done and have begun the layers of highlights. my primary focus so far has been getting the glow right on his sword. As with the Princes of the Apocalypse I've been working on I'm experimenting with flourescent paints to accomplish the glow effect.